1. Adrienne Rich: What Kind of Times Are These

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Watch as American poet Adrienne Rich reads her poem "What Kind of Times are These," in which she questions and challenges people's thinking about the cultural, political and social transformations undergone in the U.S. during the 20th century.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

2. Billy Collins: The Lanyard

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Watch as American poet Billy Collins reads his touching and humorous poem "The Lanyard." Examine how Collins uses humor to explore a son's relationship with and appreciation for his mother.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

3. Charles Simic: Stone

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Watch as U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic reads his poem "Stone." Consider how Simic uses the different creatures' descriptions of the stone to symbolize the complexity of a simple object.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

4. Coleman Barks: Translation from Rumi

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Listen to author and poet Coleman Barks read his translation of two poems by 13th-century Persian poet, theologian and philosopher Jalal Al-Din Rumi.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: World. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

5. Dave Carter, Musician/Songwriter

Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting: Art Beat at School

Watch late singer-songwriter Dave Carter, who died in 2002, performing with his partner Tracy Grammer at the Sisters Folk Festival. Learn how he felt about his songwriting art.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, The Arts

Topics: Creative Thinking. Poetry and Poets. Music.

Resource Type: Video

6. Emily Dickinson: I started Early...

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Listen as American actress Blair Brown reads Emily Dickinson's poem "I started Early..." in this animated video.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

7. Leon Flick, Poet

Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting: Art Beat at School

Learn how this working cowboy uses his working life as a basis for the poetry that he writes and recites at cowboy poetry festivals.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies

Topics: Creative Thinking. Poetry and Poets. Careers. Cultural Studies: American.

Resource Type: Video

8. Lucille Clifton: won't you celebrate with me

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Watch as American poet Lucille Clifton reads her poem "won't you celebrate with me." Examine how Clifton's spare and powerful verse is said to bring to light the qualities that keep us alive and the belief that we can make things better.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

9. Marie Howe: The Gate

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Watch as American poet Marie Howe reads her poem "The Gate," largely an elegy to her brother, who died of AIDS in 1989. Examine how the poem expresses feelings of loss along with hope and an appreciation of life.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

10. Mark Strand: Lines for Winter

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Listen as actress Mary Louise Parker reads Canadian poet Mark Strand's poem "Lines for Winter." Consider why Strand is recognized for his ability to pair both illusory and starkly real images to create memorable, haunting scenes in his poems.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: World. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

11. Philip Levine: Belle Isle, 1949

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Watch as American poet Philip Levine reads his poem "Belle Isle, 1949." Discover how Levine's poetry has been influenced by his experiences and observations from his working-class life.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

12. Poetry Series: Agi Mishol

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Israeli poet Agi Mishol reads, in both English and Hebrew, two poems: "Woman Martyr," about the Middle East conflict, and "Geese," about life's simple pleasures. Consider the role of poetry in society with these poems on very different topics.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

13. Poetry Series: Aharon Shabtai

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Israeli poet Aharon Shabtai reads, in both English and Hebrew, two poems: "As We Were Marching," about the effect of the Middle East conflict on children, and "Rosh Hoshanah," in which he compares feelings about war from different perspectives.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

14. Poetry Series: An Interview with Galway Kinnell

Source: Online NewsHour

Explore the life of poet Galway Kinnell as he talks about the writing process and his latest book, Strong Is Your Hold. Listen to Kinnell read two poems from the collection: "Everyone Was in Love" and "Promissory Note."

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

15. Poetry Series: An Interview with John Ashbery

Source: Online NewsHour

Explore the life of John Ashbery as he talks about discovering poetry at a young age, why he is compelled to write and the poets who have inspired him. Consider the simple and hidden meanings in his poem, "A Perfect Hat."

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

16. Poetry Series: Brad Leithauser

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Brad Leithauser reads three different types of love poems: "Rabbits: A Valentine," "Plus the Fact of You" and "From Here to There."

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

17. Poetry Series: Charles Simic

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Charles Simic, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, reads his poems "Sunday Papers," "Evening Walk" and "My Turn to Confess."

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

18. Poetry Series: Eliaz Cohen

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Israeli poet Eliaz Cohen reads "Poem of the Mountain Village" in both English and Hebrew.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

19. Poetry Series: Ghassan Zaqtan

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan reads two of his poems, "Four Sisters from Zacharia" and "The Habit of Exiles," in Arabic. Listen along with the poet to a translator reading the same poems in English.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

20. Poetry Series: Gregory Djanikian

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Gregory Djanikian, Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, reads two poems, "Geography Lesson" and "In the City of Languages," from his book So I Will Till the Ground.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

21. Poetry Series: Jack Prelutsky Interview

Source: Online NewsHour

Listen as the first Children's Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky, talks about respecting children. Discover how his own experiences with poetry in school inspired him to write poems about kid-friendly topics like food fights, dinosaurs and sports.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

22. Poetry Series: Jack Prelutsky Performs

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky performs three of his poems set to music -- "I'm Building a Bridge of Bananas," "My Brother's Bug" and "On a Mangrove Tree" -- at two elementary schools in Virginia.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

23. Poetry Series: John Ashbery

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Ashbery reads four of his poems: "Composition," "A Perfect Hat," "A Worldly Country" and "Ignorance of the Law Is No Excuse."

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

24. Poetry Series: Joy Harjo

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch Joy Harjo, an internationally-known poet, writer and musician, perform some of her new poetic forms. Consider how Harjo combines her poetry and writing with music, both vocally and through her saxophone.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, The Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets. Music.

Resource Type: Video

25. Poetry Series: Kevin Young

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Kevin Young reads from three of his poems: "April in Paris," "Redemption Song" and "The Alias."

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

26. Poetry Series: Mary Jo Salter

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as poet Mary Jo Salter reads "Aubade for Brad," "Erasers" and "A Morris Dance."

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

27. Poetry Series: Natasha Tretheway

Source: Online NewsHour

Meet Natasha Trethewey, whose latest book, Native Guard, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Watch as she reads three poems from the collection: "Myth," "Miscegenation" and "Providence."

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

28. Poetry Series: Samih al-Qasim

Source: Online NewsHour

Watch as Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim reads two poems, "End of the Talk With a Jailer" and "Tickets," from his book Sadder than Water, in both English and Arabic.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

29. Robert Frost: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Watch as poet Robert Frost recites one his most famous poems, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Think about why Frost considered this poem one of "a few poems it will be hard to get rid of."

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

30. Robert Hass: Translations of Haiku by Issa

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Listen as poet Robert Hass reads Haiku by Kobayashi Issa, 18th-century Japanese poet and one of the great masters of Haiku. Explore this poetic form, known for its ability to draw astonishing depth of feeling from plain language and direct observation.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: World. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

31. Sharon Olds: I Go Back to May, 1937

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Watch as American poet Sharon Olds reads her poem "I Go Back to May, 1937." Explore Olds's themes of relationships - husband and wife, parents and children - reflected in the poem.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

32. Stanley Kunitz: Touch Me

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Watch as American poet Stanley Kunitz reads his poem "Touch Me," in which the artist characteristically contemplates an earthbound immortality through metaphors of nature. Examine how the poem reflects Kunitz's perception of the themes of life and death.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

33. Walt Whitman: Excerpt from Passage to India

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Listen as playwright Tony Kushner read sections of 19th-century American poet Walt Whitman's famous poem "Passage to India." Discover why Whitman is considered one of the first great, quintessentially American poets.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

34. William Butler Yeats: The Wild Old Wicked Man

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Listen as musician Wynton Marsalis reads Irish poet William Butler Yeats's poem "The Wild Old Wicked Man." Consider how the poet, widely acknowledged as the greatest poet of the twentieth century, uses his powers of rhythm.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: British. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video

35. Yusef Komunyakaa: Facing It

Source: Poetry Everywhere

Watch American poet Yusef Komunyakaa as he reads his poem "Facing It." Consider why it is said of Komunyakaa that he shows us, through his reflections on complex moral issues, what it means to be human.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Literature: American. Poetry and Poets.

Resource Type: Video