The First Readings:
New York

Braving a torrential storm, more than 1,200 people packed New York City's Town Hall for the official launch of the Favorite Poem Project.

The April 1 event featured readings by well-known artists, television and radio personalities and civic, religious and community leaders, as well as schoolchildren and an adult literacy student.

The event was hosted by The Academy of the American Poets and sponsored by the New York Times advertising department.



Mike Wallace My Last Duchess
by Robert Browning
Read by Mike Wallace
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Geraldine Ferraro If
Rudyard Kipling
Read by Geraldine Ferraro
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Bill T. Jones Dancer and Choreographer Bill T. Jones renders his "favorite poem" in dance.
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Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III Little Brown Baby
Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Read by Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III
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