"I don't think there's a lovelier expression or metaphor than to learn something "by heart"--to have some poem lodged in the heart so deeply it's part and parcel of your body and your spirit. It's finally an utterly sensual experience. To know something "by heart" is to know it in the most intimate way, in the mouth, on the tongue, in the ear."

Alan Shapiro

If you would like to recite a poem by heart and make it available for others to hear on this website, please email an mp3 file to the following address: poem@poemsbyheart.org When recording yourself, be sure to mention your name, why you like the poem or why you memorized it, and then simply recite the poem. Also, please include in your email a link to your bio or a website of your choice.

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