Poetry Out Loud

06.26.2011
(was 07.11.2010)

When Rae Armantrout recently won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry the first thing she said was curious. Read them out loud, she said.

In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, poetry out loud. Rae Armantrout reads her poems, Natalie Merchant sings our favorite classic poems, and Bobby McFerrin on the human voice as poetry.

  1. Amber Rose Johnson, 16-year-old Poet

    Why does this teenager believe that poetry is the literary art most relevant to our lives today?

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  2. Natalie Merchant on "Leave Your Sleep"

    A singer rediscovered poetry in the company of her young daughter. Why does she love the poems by Victorian and early 20th century poets?

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    Average: 4.5 (14 votes)
  3. Rae Armantrout on "Versed"

    Rae Armantrout believes that there is one thing that all poetry should be - read out loud.

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  4. Bobby McFerrin on "Vocabularies"

    Bobby McFerrin devoted eight years to "Vocabularies," a mix of 1400 tracks sung by 50 different singers. It was a labor of love.

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    Average: 4.7 (13 votes)