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Modern Bards Read Some Favorite Poems

Actors reading the ancient forms

"Long before the printing press, before parchment and papyrus, poetry was a strictly oral form... Right this very moment, in cities across the world, poets and audiences gather in bars, cafes, bookstores, temples, and libraries to hear poems spoken, rapped, sung, chanted, etc. ...Today we bring you some modern gods reading the ancient form, beginning with the great, gravel-voiced Tom Waits, then Bill Murray, and finally, the unmistakable voice of Sean Connery.

At the bottom of the page you'll also find links to several others, along with a couple of writers—Tennessee Williams and Harold Bloom.