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Listen Up: Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein, and Others Read Aloud

These five poetry recitations are a treat for your ears.

Listen Up: Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein, and Others Read Aloud

Photo: Maya Angelou, Courtesy of Russell Mondy / Flickr

Not everyone loves the experience of reading poetry on the page (or screen). But hearing it read aloud can take on an entirely new dimension. The reader’s voice brings the piece to life, teasing out nuances you might have missed.

Got a minute (or five)? Listen to Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein and other poets recite their work below.


 

Shel Silverstein Reads “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too,” from Where the Sidewalk Ends

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Nancy Willard Reads “Questions My Son Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Him,” from Swimming Lessons

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Confidence Omenai Reads “Savannah’s Poem,” from The Prince of Tidesby Pat Conroy

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Maya Angelou Reads “A Brave and Startling Truth

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John Ashbery Reads “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

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