I ran across a news story recently about “The Poetry Archive” located at PoetryArchive.org . Here is a blurb from the site’s “About” section.
The Poetry Archive exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience. It came into being as a result of a meeting, in a recording studio, between Andrew Motion, soon after he became U.K. Poet Laureate in 1999, and the recording producer, Richard Carrington. They agreed about how enjoyable and illuminating it is to hear poets reading their work and about how regrettable it was that, even in the recent past, many important poets had not been properly recorded.
Overall I think it is a great idea. I had no idea that recordings of poets such as Yeats and Kipling even existed yet alone were available on the web to be listened to by anyone with an internet connecti0n. I am quite interested in hearing their delivery technique and how that delivery style has changed or not changed over the years.
A big negative for the site, in my humble opinion, is the format that the audio is delivered in. Real Audio. Ugh.
I haven’t had that beast installed on my computer for years and do not plan on installing it either. That program was notorious for the way it embedded itself into a user’s computer and for the conflicts it caused when you tried uninstalling it. To this day I quickly write-off any website that soley relies on Real Audio for content delivery as out of touch and not serious about sharing it’s content.
That being said, it appears that PoetryArchive.org is at least contributing to the online poetry community and I applaud them for that.