Poets On Screen for National Poetry Month

Apr 7, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, and a great way to celebrate is to watch readings by acclaimed poets in GoWYLD.net.

The Literature Online (LION) Poets on Screen collection offers nearly 900 video clips you can watch right on your computer, tablet, or phone—anywhere in Wyoming where you have an Internet connection, you can hear inspiring poetry. Poets on Screen features readings by contemporary poets of both contemporary and classic poems, and provides a unique opportunity to hear and see major authors interpreting their own works and the works of their contemporaries and predecessors.

For example, check out this Robert Bly reading.

Highlights include Jayne Cortez’s performance of “I See Chano Pozo,” Blake Morrison discussing his poem “Pendle Witches,” Jerome Rothenberg reading and discussing 11 of his own poems, including “At Tsukiji Market, Tokyo,” and Fleur Adcock reading from her own verse and from a selection of works by Donne, Marvell, Coleridge, and Edward Thomas.

Many readings are accompanied by introductory passages in which the poet discusses his or her own work or the work of an admired predecessor. Find links to video and audio under the Texts>Browse dropdown. Where available, you’ll also find links when you search for a specific poet or poem.


In addition to the Poets on Screen videos, LION’s audio resources include fully dramatised, unabridged recordings of each of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, and 921 links to poetry readings at The Poetry Archive.

Literature Online offers the full text of more than 350,000 works of poetry, drama and prose in English from the 8th century to the present day. It’s one of many great literature resources in GoWYLD.net.

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