Into the Archives

A National Poetry Month Digital Reading


Listen in as we move through decades of poetry at Colorado Review in celebration of National Poetry Month!

This June, social media manager and associate editor Alec Witthohn, delved into Colorado Review‘s archives to bring you eight exceptional poets from across the magazine’s history. Interns and editors here at Colorado Review helped to select and read some our favorite poems while Alec provides historical and aesthetic background on each poet, guiding you on a journey that spans all the way from the Winter of 1956 to the Summer of 2017.


Selections include:

Kitasono Katue – “A Black Chapel” read by Alec Witthohn – (Winter 1956)

Rosario Castellanos – “Useless Day” read by Carolina Bucheli – (Fall 1979)

Yusef Komunyakaa – “The Brain to the Heart” read by Linnea Harris – (Fall 1985)

Holly Prado – “Never Another Light Than This” read by C. E. Janecek – (Fall/Winter 1988)

Toi Derricotte – “The Wedding” read by Lauren Furman – (Spring/Summer 1989)

Brenda Hillman – “After the Feast at Year’s End” read by Mika Todd – (Summer 2012)

Victoria Chang – “[I Used to My Father Used to Used to Sit in a Living Room with My]” read by Tasha Seebeck – (Fall/Winter 2012)

Kaveh Akbar – “On Bridges and the Shadows of Bridges” read by Stephanie G’Schwind – (Summer 2017)