Poetry News

The animals, the animals, let's read poetry to the animals...

By Harriet Staff

The title of this video says it all: Michael McClure reads poetry to lions in this 1966 edition of Richard O. Moore's USA Poetry Series. He describes the act of reading poetry to animals as an experiment, and he definitely succeeds in getting a response from his audience: check out the McClure vs. lion growling match at about 3:18. Also check out McClure's new selected poems, just out from UC Press.

Originally Published: February 15th, 2011