This April marks the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month! Started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Month reminds us that poetry is alive—and available to everyone. Bridging the space between the written word, performance, and song, there’s something uniquely wonderful about hearing poets read their own work. In this spirit, we’re celebrating National Poetry Month with audiobooks that bring the intimacy and power of verse to you, wherever you are.
On Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman took the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, and captivated the nation with her poem â€śThe Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country.â€ť The Hill We Climb can now be cherished in this special audiobook, with a foreword by Oprah Winfrey.
A New York Times bestselling collection of favorite poems. Beloved by her fans, Oliverâ€™s dog poems offer a special window into her world. In Dog Songs she offers portraits of the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her workâ€”opening our eyes to the lessons of the moment.
In God I Feel Modern Tonight, Catherine Cohen reads her poems of heartbreak, self-critique, urban adventures, and love on the road. In these short, captivating lyrics, this one-woman stand-up chanteuse ponders guys who call you â€śdudeâ€ť after sex, true love during the pandemic, and English-major dreams.
A bountiful group of poems—direct, honest, and revelatory—that reflect on language, nature, old age, young love, Judaism, and our current politics. On the Way Out, Turn Off the Light is yet more proof of Piercy’s love and mastery of language—it is moving, stimulating, funny, and full of the stuff of life.
In Mister Toebones, the award-winning poet Brooks Haxton turns a searching gaze toward the shared habitat and intertwined fates of man and animal. He looks back and forward in time, down at the soil, up at the stars, and deeply into his personal relationships. Note this audio production is read by award-winning narrator Edoardo Ballerini.
The Math Campers is a father and husbandâ€™s meditation on love, adolescence, and the mysterious mechanisms of poetic creation. The poetâ€™s art is revealed in stages in this â€śmaking-ofâ€ť audiobook, where we listen as poems take shape—first as dreams or memories, then as drafts, and finally as completed works set loose on the world.
From spoken word poet Jasmine Mans comes an unforgettable poetry collection on audio about race, feminism, and queer identity. With echoes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Sonia Sanchez, Black Girl, Call Home is a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing.
Hooked on meter? Browse our Poetry on Audio collection.