The First Readings:
Los Angeles

On a balmy California Sunday, hundreds of people gathered outdoors for the final Favorite Poem event during National Poetry Month.

Many readers stepped up to the mike and shared their connections to specific poems—poems by Auden and Frost, Lorca and Langston Hughes. Local poet Carol Muske discovered a poetry lover in Mayor Richard Riordan, in actor Edward James Olmos, in a sitcom writer, a metal sculptor and a computer engineer.

The reading, sponsored by The Los Angeles Times, The Library of Congress and the Los Angeles Public Library was among the most popular venues at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Kenneth Koch This Is Just to Say
William Carlos Williams
and
Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams
Kenneth Koch
Read by Lawrence Broch
SureStream audio (both poems)

Cynthia Rios Puedo Escribir Los Versos (Tonight I Can Write)
Pablo Neruda, translated by W.S. Merwin
Read by Cynthia Rios
SureStream audio (both poems)
Kiyoshi Houston Untitled Tanka ["The lower leaves of the trees"]
Sone No Yoshitada, translated by Kenneth Rexroth
Read by Kiyoshi Houston
SureStream audio