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The Videos
This collection of 50 short video documentaries showcases individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love. The videos have been regular features on PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and are a permanent part of the Library of Congress archive of recorded poetry and literature. They have also proven valuable as teaching and learning tools for a range of classrooms and ages.

A selection of 27 of the FPP videos is available for purchase on a DVD that's included with the anthology An Invitation to Poetry.


The Sentence
by Anna Akhmatova
read by Nancy Nersessian
Professor of Cognitive Science
Atlanta, GA
The Improvement
by John Ashbery
read by Roger Smith
Salesman
Barneveld, NY
Musée des Beaux Arts
by W. H. Auden
read by Susan Hambleton
Painter
New York, NY
At the Fishhouses
by Elizabeth Bishop
read by Alexander Scherr
Professor of Law
Athens, GA
The Emigrant Irish
by Eavan Boland
read by Stephen Murphy
Financial Consultant
Brookline, MA
We Real Cool
by Gwendolyn Brooks
read by John Ulrich
Student
South Boston, MA
Ay, Ay, Ay, de la Grifa Negra
by Julia de Burgos
read by Glaisma Pérez-Silva
Teacher
Hartford, CT
At Melville's Tomb
by Hart Crane
read by Paul Connah
Bookseller
Los Angeles, CA
Yet Do I Marvel
by Countee Cullen
read by Todd Hellems
Student
Doraville, GA
#288 ("I'm Nobody! Who are You?")
by Emily Dickinson
read by Yina Liang
Student
Decatur, GA
The Party
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
read by Karen Wilson
Singer & Songwriter
Bronx, NY
Concord Hymn
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
read by President William Jefferson Clinton
President of the United States
Washington, DC
"OUT, OUT—”
by Robert Frost
read by Elizabeth Wojtusik
Teacher
Humarock, MA
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost
read by Jessie Alpaugh
Student
Berkeley, CA
From The Holy Longing
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, tr. Robert Bly
read by Olivia Milward
Retired Teacher
San Francisco, CA
Fishing
by Joy Harjo
read by Natalie Gawdiak
Research Analyst
Washington, DC
God's Grandeur
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
read by Stanley Kunitz
Poet
New York, NY
Diffugere Nives
by A.E. Housman
read by William Maxwell
Novelist
New York, NY
Merry Go Round
by Langston Hughes
read by Howard Henderson
Public Affairs Specialist
Chamblee, GA
Minstrel Man
by Langston Hughes
read by Pov Chin
Student
Stockton, CA
The Song of the Banana Man
by Evan Jones
read by George Scott
Bakery Owner
Hartford, CT
Facing It
by Yusef Komunyakaa
read by Michael Lythgoe
Foundation Director
Washington, DC
Hornworm: Autumn Lamentation
by Stanley Kunitz
read by Donna Bickel
Bookkeeper
Larkspur, CA
Settling
by Denise Levertov
read by Laura Treadway
Photographer
Seattle, WA
A Psalm of Life
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
read by Rev. Michael Haynes
Roxbury, MA
To His Coy Mistress
by Andrew Marvell
read by Kathleen Rogers
Writer
Hull, MA
From Lycidas
by John Milton
read by Joan Thuebel
Chatham, NJ
Piececitos
by Gabriela Mistral
read by Sister Maria Christina Sanchez Escobar
Millbrook, NY
The Makers
by Howard Nemerov
read by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton First Lady of the United States

POEM
by Frank O'Hara
read by Richard Samuel
Glass Blower
Seattle, WA
Dulce et Decorum Est
by Wilfred Owen
read by Mary McWhorter
Accounting Manager
Stockton, CA
Nick and the Candlestick
by Sylvia Plath
read by Seph Rodney
Photographer
Long Beach, CA
Polly's Tree
by Sylvia Plath
read by Jaik, Sara and Martin Miller
High Falls, NY
On a Quiet Night
by Li Po
read by Hui Xia Chin Hong
Student
Elmhurst, NY
My Papa's Waltz
by Theodore Roethke
read by William Van Fields
Retired Corporate Executive
Stockton, CA
The Sloth
by Theodore Roethke
read by a 5th Grade Student

Sonnet 29
by William Shakespeare
read by Daniel McCall
Retired Anthropologist
Boston, MA
Block City
by Robert Louis Stevenson
read by Andrew Toporoff
Student
Yorktown Heights, NY
From Gitanjali
by Rabindranath Tagore
read by Jayashree Chatterjee
Librarian
Summit, NJ
Casey at the Bat
by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
read by Lee Samuel
Student
Atlanta, GA
For My People
by Margaret Walker
read by Leah Ward Sears
Supreme Court Justice of Georgia
Atlanta, GA
from Song of Myself
by Walt Whitman
read by John Doherty
Construction Worker
Braintree, MA
Politics
by William Butler Yeats
read by Stephen Conteagüero
U.S. Marine Officer
Miami, FL
Untitled Tanka ["The Lower Leaves of the Trees"]
by Sone No Yoshitada, tr. Kenneth Rexroth read by Kiyoshi Houston
Student
Santa Monica, CA
Way of the Water Hyacinth
by Zawgee
read by Lyn Aye
Anesthesiologist
San Jose, CA