This is an open collection: you may submit any recording of a public domain poem without claiming it first. This collection is for poems less than five minutes in length and will consist of 20 poems. When this collection is full, another one will be begun.
To see what has been recorded already, you can search the LibriVox Database by author or title, or browse by poetry - but remember that we welcome multiple versions!
Bartleby is a great resource for public-domain poetry. Another source to try is Poets' Corner.
At the beginning, read the abbreviated "librivox disclaimer":
"[Poem title], by [author], read for LibriVox.org by [your name]" or some variation on that, adding date, location, your personal url, if you wish.
At the End say: "End of poem. This recording is in the public domain" and leave a few seconds of silence.
If you are new, please check the Recording Notes thread before recording:
If this is your first recording, you'll also find this useful:
Please be sure that your recording software is set to the following technical specifications:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHzs
Save your recording as an mp3 file using the following filename and ID3 tag format:
File name all in lowercase: [poem's title]_[author's last name]_[your initials].mp3
ID3 tags (version 2):
Title: Poem Title (e.g. The Raven)
Artist: Author Name (e.g. Edgar Allan Poe)
Album: LibriVox Short Poetry 028
(You can put "Recorded by ...." in the Comments section if you wish)
What To Do With Your Recording
Please post a link to your completed files here in the thread. If you don't have server space, use one of the following free file transfer services: When you post your link, please also include the following information:
- a link to the source of the poem (Gutenberg, Bartleby, Poets' Corner, etc.) so that I can verify it is in the public domain
- if this is your first recording, your name as you would like it credited on the catalog page and any URL you wish your name to link to
(BC admin link)