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William Carlos Williams brought the American language into poetry. He was also a quirky and entertaining reader of his own work. The 92nd St. Y just posted an audio podcast of him reading a few of his poems. You should check it out.

This blogger used to drive around in high school listening to a tape of Williams reading–it was fortifying, a good practice. Now you can sort of do the same thing.

Listen to Williams reading “A Sort of a Song,” “The Maneuver,” “Seafarer,” “The Three Graces,” “Paterson, Episode 17,” “The Descent” and “Fish.” Do it now. Poetry is good for you.