Read Me a Poem

“Archaic Torso of Apollo” by Rainer Maria Rilke

Poems read aloud, beautifully

By Amanda Holmes | August 9, 2019
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Heritage Image Partnership Ltd/Alamy

Amanda Holmes reads Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “Archaic Torso of Apollo,” translated by Stephen Mitchell, and our producer Stephanie Bastek reads “Archaïscher Torso Apollos” in the original German. Have a suggestion for a poem? Email us: If we select your entry, you’ll win a copy of a poetry collection edited by David Lehman.

This episode was produced by Stephanie Bastek and features the song “Canvasback” by Chad Crouch.

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