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Poet Kay Ryan reads some of her poetry
at the University of California in 2004.

Listening to Poetry: 5 Poems Read by Their Authors

April 01, 2010
by Liz Colville
Most agree that poetry’s effect is at its fullest when read aloud. Though a poem’s meaning may seem cryptic on the page, when spoken, its meaning can become as clear as conversational prose. In honor of National Poetry month, here are five memorable poems read aloud by their authors.