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LC launches Online Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature & much more poetry goodness

I know I am late to the National Poetry Month party. Every time I started a post someone else finished the one I was beginning.  (Darn you, dear Richard Byrne.)

Assuming that we all believe poetry ought to be a year-long or life-long celebration, here is a tour some of my favorite resources.

As part of that celebration, the Library of Congress recently launched its Online Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, a collection of 123 audio-recorded readings of renowned poets and prose writers reading from their work.  Among the notable readers are : Elizabeth Bishop, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost.

Dating back to 1943, the physical archive contains nearly 2,000 recordings of poets and prose writers who participated in literary events at the Library and read at the Library’s  Jefferson Building recording studio.  These recordings are not easily available elsewhere.  Many were originally captured on magnetic tape reels. The Library hopes that this digitization effort will greatly broaden their use and value and plan to continue to add to the archive on a monthly basis.

You may also be interested in the Library of Congress Guide to the Poets Laureate and Poetry Written by US Presidents.

The International Literacy Association and National of Council of Teachers of English or NCTE’s ReadWriteThink gathers a fabulous assortment of National Poetry Month resources. Don’t miss their new Mobile Apps.