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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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The Simpsons read “The Raven” (with help from James Earl Jones) in the third episode of the show’s second season (1990), “Treehouse of Horror I.”

The Dead by Billy Collins

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Billy Collins reads his poem “The Dead” with animation by Juan Delcan of Spontaneous.

Distance from Loved Ones by James Tate

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A simple, down-to-earth performance of the James Tate poem by one Kungpowish.

Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost

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A noir-ish interpretation of Frost’s poem by Josh Contor, an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University.

Cartoon Physics, part 1 by Nick Flynn

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Animation by Siobhan McAlpin of a poem by Nick Flynn. Part of the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Everywhere series, but uploaded to Vimeo by the co-producers of the series: docUWM, “a documentary media center based in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Film Department that provides students the opportunity to work on professional productions and learn the art, craft and business of making media.” For poetry fans, this means that higher-quality versions of the Poetry Everywhere videopoem series than those at YouTube are now available for embedding.

Chopped Off Arm and Crumbs by Hal Sirowitz

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American poet Hal Sirowitz is, according to an uncited assertion in the Wikipedia, the best-selling translated poet in Norway, thanks mainly to these and other animations by Sigrid Astrup. I think the Norwegian really adds an interesting dimension to the poems.

The Ghosts Listen to Orpheus Sing by Gregory Orr

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Gregory Orr reads his poem for “an upcoming [in 2006] enhanced CD release entitled ‘Orpheus and Eurydice'” by Trey Gunn.