As a way to update the content of Sketching a Present a bit more frequently—especially when I do not have time to compose “Slow Reading” or other substantial posts—I’ve decided to periodically share just a bit of what I love: not analyzing or theorzing, just simply reading and reading aloud, hearing and feeling the texture of words. Though most of these “Reading Aloud” posts will probably just be recitations of my favorite poems, every so often I may sneak in a Virginia Woolf diary entry or an excerpt or two of Ulysses (1922). We’ll see.

Reading Aloud (#1): excerpt from T.S. Eliot’s “The Dry Salvages” (from Four Quartets)
Reading Aloud (#2): Sylvia Plath’s “Elm” (from Ariel)
Reading Aloud (#3): Seamus Heaney’s “The Harrow-Pin” (from District and Circle)
Reading Aloud (#4): Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Interim” (from Collected Poems)
Reading Aloud (#5): Tony Hoagland’s “Lawrence” (from Donkey Gospel)
Reading Aloud (#6): Wallace Stevens’s “The Region November” (from Opus Posthumous)
Reading Aloud (#7): Derek Walcott’s “Love After Love” (from Collected Poems, 1948-1984)
Reading Aloud (#8): Elizabeth Bishop’s “A Cold Spring” (from Poems)
Reading Aloud (#9): Marianne Moore’s “What Are Years” (from The Poems of Marianne Moore)
Reading Aloud (#10): Amy Clampitt’s “A Silence” (from The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt [orig. A Silence Opens])
Reading Aloud (#11): Wallace Stevens’s “Man Carrying Thing” (from Transport to Summer)
Reading Aloud (#12): Virginia Woolf, letter to Gerald Brenan (1922)
Reading Aloud (#13): William Wordsworth’s “The Ruined Cottage” (from OUP’s The Major Works)
Reading Aloud (#14): Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s “Darwin in 1881” (from Supernatural Love: Poems 1976-1992)
Reading Aloud (#15): Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” (from Collected Poems)
Reading Aloud (#16): from Wallace Stevens’s “The Rock” (from The Collected Poems)
Reading Aloud (#17): from Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s “Venus Velvet No. 2” (from Heavenly Questions)
Reading Aloud (#18): from William Wordsworth’s 1805 Prelude (from The Major Works)
Reading Aloud (#19, #20, and #21): William Wordsworth’s “Old Man Travelling,” excerpt from Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Man, and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Mont Blanc”
Reading Aloud (#22 and #23): William Blake’s “The Lamb” and “The Tyger”
Reading Aloud (#24): Sylvia Plath’s “Morning Song
Reading Aloud (#25): Fernando Pessoa’s “On a terribly clear day” (as Alberto Caeiro)
Reading Aloud (#26): T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Reading Aloud (#27): Robert Graves’s “Recalling War
Reading Aloud (#28): Richard Wilbur’s “The Beautiful Changes
Reading Aloud (#29): first page of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake
Reading Aloud (#30): Wallace Stevens’s “A Postcard from the Volcano

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