Poetry is a vibrant part of a school day but some people find it difficult. Thankfully, poetry podcasts can help!
Poetry podcasts offer a brief reading of a poem along with some commentary about the poet or subject of the poem. As a result, poem newbies and *gasp* poem haters can be transformed into poetry fans.
Also, you can listen to poetry podcasts with your kids or on your own for self-education.
Need help listening to podcasts? Check out this post about how to listen to a podcast on an iPhone.
The Daily Poem
The Daily Poem offers one essential poem each weekday morning. From Shakespeare and John Donne to Robert Frost and E..E Cummings, The Daily Poem curates a broad and generous audio anthology of the best poetry ever written. Poems are read-aloud by David Kern and an assortment of various contributors to the Close Reads network. Some lite commentary is included and the shorter poems are often read twice, as time permits. (<10 min)
The Slowdown with Tracy K. Smith
Another helpful poetry podcast is The Slowdown. Every weekday, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Poetry Foundation. (<5 min)
The Poetry Foundation offers a variety of listening options including:
- Audio Poem of the Day – Audio recordings of classic and contemporary poems read by poets and actors, delivered every day. (5 min)
- Poetry Magazine Podcast The editors go inside the pages of Poetry, talking to poets and critics, debating the issues, and sharing their poem selections with listeners.(<15 min)
- Poetry Off the Shelf Producer Curtis Fox explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously. (<15 min)
- Essential American Poets Listen to Donald Hall’s selection of classic American poets reading from their work. These recordings are the result of a collaboration between US and UK poet laureates Donald Hall and Andrew Motion.
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