Audiopoetry (pō’ĭ-trē) is a digital audio poetry anthology site run by Black Mamba, with poems sent in by Falstaff, Veena and n other contributing members.

See Black Mamba‘s original post about pō’ĭ-trē here.

What does pō’ĭ-trē mean?

It is just poetry read out loud.

po·et·ry (pōĭ-trē) pronunciation

  1. The art or work of a poet.
    1. Poems regarded as forming a division of literature.
    2. The poetic works of a given author, group, nation, or kind.
  2. A piece of literature written in meter; verse.
  3. Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in form or sound.
  4. The essence or characteristic quality of a poem.
  5. A quality that suggests poetry, as in grace, beauty, or harmony: the poetry of the dancer’s movements.

[Middle English poetrie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin poētria, from Latin poēta, poet. See poet.] (from answers.com)

Why audio poetry?

One, because we like poetry. Yeah okay, a couple of us will kill for poetry but the rest are normal beings. Two, we like listening to poetry. For some of us, poetry actually starts to make sense when we hear it recited.

Who runs pō’ĭ-trē?

pō’ĭ-trē is currently run by Black Mamba, Falstaff and Veena. All contributing members can send in recorded poetry and we will post your recording on the blog.

Why should I send in my recorded stuff?

Not only do you get to see your poetry recordings on this blog, you also get to see your name displayed on the sidebar as a contributing member. And our annual members’ meet happens at our headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska every January. So what are you waiting for?

How do I make recordings?

There are a couple of different ways to do this:

1. Windows Sound Recorder. If you have a Windows PC, this should be readily available at Start -> All programs -> Accessories -> Entertainment (or multimedia) -> Sound Recorder.

2. Audacity – You can download this über-cool open source recorder We are always on the lookout for interesting recording software, so do let us know if you come across any.

Where do I send my recordings, requests, etc.?


Do you post only English poetry?

Nope, all languages are welcome. In fact, we would love to see some diversity here at pō’ĭ-trē. We also post translations if available.

Can I send in my own poems?

Nope, at this time we do not plan to post original poetry. Unless of course, you are Wendy Cope in which case you are more than welcome.

44 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Hannes Kaiser  |  September 14, 2006 at 1:34 pm

    Great idea, your website.
    Do you know there is a whole school in Britain just dedicated to bringing poetry alive. Check out Artemis School of Speech and Drama on the web. Good luck to you guys.

  • 2. Michele Medina  |  January 31, 2007 at 6:25 am

    I Love this website.

  • 3. Sonia  |  March 17, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Great website, i’m gonna post some of you stuff onto pakistani songs

  • 4. Suryanarayanan S  |  March 25, 2007 at 3:02 am

    great and innovative.

  • 5. laleh  |  June 4, 2007 at 9:45 am

    I realy enjoy it .
    I m apersian but love english poet I use the audio part very much .I understand how sweet it is.

  • 6. Richard Goodman  |  July 3, 2007 at 4:52 am

    Wonderful site!

    Thanks for sharing your passion with us all.

    And, btw, laleh’s comment is a poem in itself.

  • 7. Rosie  |  October 24, 2007 at 2:43 am

    Can you translate this for me?

    hum aah bhi karte hain, to ho jate hain badnaam
    woh qatl bhi karte hain, to charcha nahee hota

    • 8. Anand Vijayan  |  November 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Even if I say “Ah!”, I am maligned.
      She may commit murder, and nobody talks about it.

  • 9. hoon  |  November 26, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I can’t seem to get mail to go through to you.
    I have a recording of Hart Crane’s Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge I’d like to send.



  • 10. snowdome  |  December 7, 2007 at 3:29 am

    I’m really happy to have found this blog. It is important to do this kind of archive. Thank you.
    from now on, I declare myself a faithfull reader ;)

  • 11. Ravi Kopra  |  December 14, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    7. Rosie | October 24, 2007 at 2:43 am
    Can you translate this for me?

    hum aah bhi karte hain, to ho jate hain badnaam
    woh qatl bhi karte hain, to charcha nahee hota


    I say: wow!
    and everyone defames me,
    while she goes no murdering everyone
    and no one cares to say anything.

  • 12. bibomedia  |  February 27, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Have a nice day !

  • 13. farah  |  July 22, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    hum aah bhi karte hain, to ho jate hain badnaam
    woh qatl bhi karte hain, to charcha nahee hota

    This translate as,

    I as much as sigh and I am defamed,
    she can commit murder and no one gets to hear about it.


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  • 18. saurabh  |  March 29, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Great job guys !!!..heard n read poems by kolatkar, tagore n many more…
    I have healthy collection of some great Marathi poems….
    n would like to post it.
    hope u will like that

  • 19. tinarathore  |  August 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

    I enjoy reading and listening to all the submssions out here on your site. Great idea and an amazing job!

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