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,” â€œPaterson, Episode 17,” “The Descent” and “Fish.” Do it now. Poetry is good for you.