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Kay Ryan Reads Emily Dickinson

Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate 2008-2010. Photo by Christina Koci Hernandez, used courtesy of The Library of Congress

I just rediscovered some great poetic audio in our digital archives. Hearing the brilliant contemporary poet Kay Ryan read the not-so-contemporary Emily Dickinson was like finding money in an old pair of pants. This reading comes from the NEA/Poetry Foundation joint production, Performing Poetry, the educational CD from Poetry Out Loud. [00:58]

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/KayEmily.mp3]

[transcript]

Be sure to check out our podcast with Kay Ryan, one of the most original thinkers alive.

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