The Poetry Radio Project

The Poetry Radio Project

The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi

The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi
Presents the texts and readings of the Sufi mystic's poems in Persian and in English, with male and female voices.

» "Song of the Reed"
» "The Promise"
» "A Great Wagon"
» "Like This"
» "On God"
» "On Language"
» "On the World"
» "On Love"


Love After Love

Opening to Our Lives
Hear Derek Walcott's poem recited by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who said that a prose statement was "bound to be inadequate" in communicating his point.

»"Love After Love"


Revealing Ramadan

Revealing Ramadan
Poetry was Adnan Onart's response to our invitation for expressions of Muslim identity. He first submitted "Morning Prayer" — which he wrote as he was coming out of a deep depression.

» "Ramadan in Dunkin Donuts
» "Ribbon Time: The Moment"
» "Al Miraj"
» "Morning Prayer"


Fragility and the Evolution of Our Humanity — A Geophysicist's View

Fragility and the Evolution of Our Humanity — A Geophysicist's View
Xavier Le Pichon describes how his mother taught him a version of this lovely Sully Prudhomme poem. Read our commissioned English translation, and listen to a Québécois poet to recite the poem in French and English.

»"Le Vase Brisé / The Broken Vase"


What We Nurture

What We Nurture
Sylvia Boorstein always carries a poem by Pablo Neruda with her, no matter where she goes. She read it for us before a live audience in suburban Detroit.

»"Keeping Quiet" by Pablo Neruda


Repossessing Virtue: Living Differently, Beyond Economic Crisis

Repossessing Virtue: Living Differently, Beyond Economic Crisis
One of the voices in this episode mentioned this Wendell Berry poem as one of her favorites. Listen to Krista recitation and read the text.

»"The Peace of Wild Things"


Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves

Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves
Jennifer Michael Hecht's compelling poetry in the face of suicide makes the case to "stay."

»"Men Wept"
»"No Hemlock Rock"


Alzheimer's, Memory, and Being

Alzheimer's, and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory
The poet Sean Nevin has led writing groups with Alzheimer's patients and lived through his own grandfather's struggle with this disease.

»"Oblivio Gate"
» "Self-Portraits from the Widow House"


Laying the Dead to Rest

Laying the Dead to Rest
The Argentine poet Alicia Partnoy recites her verse. And a poem by Chilean poet Marjorie Agosin — in English and Spanish.

»"Survivor"
»"Testimony"
»"Epitaph"
»"A Homespun Love"
»"How many times …"


The Soul in Depression

The Soul in Depression
Features poetry for reflection, help, and healing from Rainer Marie Rilke, Anita Barrows, Jane Kenyon, and the Book of Psalms.

» "Back" by Jane Kenyon
» "Questo muro" and "Heart Work" by Anita Barrows


A History of Doubt

A History of Doubt
Includes the poetry of guest Jennifer Michael Hecht.

» "No, I Would Not Leave You If You Suddenly Found God"
» "History"


SoundSeen (our multimedia stories)

Children of the Disappeared

Children of the Disappeared (Video)

The legacy of Argentina's Dirty War lives on in the children of those who disappeared. We pair their portraits with the poetry of Alicia Partnoy, a survivor from that time and place.


Beannacht

Beannacht (Slideshow)

We've woven together the late Irish poet John O'Donohue's reading of his poem with his friends' photographs of the Celtic landscapes he loved.


About the Project

The poet Percy Shelly once wrote "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world." Often poetry is able to say what prose cannot. We've been seeking poets and poetry to provide fresh insights for our episodes. We're collecting the results of those efforts here, whether they're from our episodes, blogs, or special features.


Poetry on the Blog


Jerusalem
by William Blake



Encounter
by Yahia Lababidi



r e t u r n i n g s
by Pádraig Ó Tuama



Dusk
by Rabindranath Tagore



Grand Canyon
by Parker Palmer



Lead
by Mary Oliver



Untitled
by Willow Harth



Rembrandt's Late
Self-Portraits
by Elizabeth Jennings



To Be of Use
by Marge Piercy



Thanks, Robert
Frost
by David Ray



If a Prayer
Would Do It
by Stephen Levine



Some Kiss
We Want
by Rumi



Tired of Speaking
Sweetly
by Hafiz



Dirge Without
Music
by Edna St. Vincent Millay



Mindful
by Mary Oliver



Surgical Ward
by W.H. Auden



The Way It Is
by William Stafford



Questions Before
Dark
by Jeanne Lohmann



We look with
Uncertainty
by Anne Hillman



The Buddha's
Last Instruction
by Mary Oliver



The Winter of
Listening
by David Whyte



The Wild Geese
by Wendell Berry



I Died as a
Mineral
by Rumi



Messenger
by Mary Oliver



Blessings
by Ron Wallace



Forgetfulness
by Billy Collins



Season
by W.S. Merwin



Autumn
by Rainer Maria Rilke



The Low Road
by Marge Piercy



On Turning Ten
by Billy Collins



Maybe
by Mary Oliver



Lost
by David Wagoner



The Place Where
We Are Right
by Yehuda Amichai



Blackbirds
by Julie Cadwallader-Staub



The Layers
by Stanley Kunitz



You Reading
This, Be Ready
by William Stafford



The Angels and
the Furies
by May Sarton



In Blackwater
Woods
by Mary Oliver



Why Should I
Ever Be Sad?
by Parker Palmer



The Guest
House
by Rumi



Camas Lilies
by Lynn Ungar



Selah
by A.E. Lefton

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