Nationality: United States

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.

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath reads her poem in another video by the enigmatic mishima1970.

23rd Street Runs Into Heaven by Kenneth Patchen

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Part 1 of a two-part homage to Kenneth Patchen (Part 2 is here) by Dekklun Cuinn (I think. Or at least uploaded by him). The reading is by the poet himself, recorded for Folkways Records. The text of the poem may be read here.

Her Kind by Anne Sexton

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Anne Sexton poem with Catalan subtitles from Blocs des Lletres. The recitation is by the poet.