The Poetry Radio Project

Synagogue of Cochin, Kerala, India
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October 4, 2017

A photo-poem for Sukkot in celebration of shelter and wandering, harvest and shared meals.

Image of bearded man holding adorable baby
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September 29, 2017

Three poems to celebrate new beginnings every day, atoning, and reconciling.

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September 20, 2017

A poem of observation and petition to usher in these ten Days of Awe for year 5778.

Thich Nhat Hanh walking with others in a forest.
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August 20, 2017

A journey of collective mindfulness with the Vietnamese Zen master, crystallized in verse.

A boy walks through a waterfall on July 25, 2016 while playing in the water at The Yards Park in Washington, DC, as a heat wave rolls across the area.
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August 1, 2017

We can’t take wilderness retreats every time we feel caught up in the world’s madness, but a poem can be a momentary reprieve.

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July 5, 2017

A monk with a “wicked sense of humor” inspires our columnist to pack his bags when it comes to attaining perfection.

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July 3, 2017

A woman’s evolving understanding of mortality, identity, and letting go — through a poem that has accompanied her through life and loss.

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April 21, 2017

52 regular folks read Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself” —  a profound and deeply humanizing portrait of American life.

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March 31, 2017

Layli Long Soldier reads her poem “38,” written to and for the 38 Dakota men who were hung under the orders of President Abraham Lincoln as a result of the Sioux uprising, which came at a time when their land was reduced and their people were starving.

American singer, acclaimed actor of stage and screen, political activist, and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976), rehearses at the piano.
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February 16, 2017

What lines might we dare to cross, and what songs might we hear, that can deepen our days? Paul Robeson is known and loved for his powerful voice and screen presence. But less known are the struggles he faced as a civil rights activist during McCarthyism — which branded him a communist and prohibited him from traveling to perform for his fans across the globe. His story sparks a poetic ode from Naomi Shihab Nye, and a bracing question for our time.

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December 13, 2016

Michael Longley reads his poem “Sea Asters”

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December 12, 2016

Michael Longley reads his poem “Age”

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December 12, 2016

Who was it who suggested that the opposite of war Is not so much peace as civilisation? He knew Our…

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December 12, 2016

I Put in mind of his own father and moved to tears Achilles took him by the hand and pushed…

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December 12, 2016

A wintry night, the hearth inhales And the chimney becomes a windpipe Fluffy with soot and thistledown, A voice-box recalling…

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December 12, 2016

Rum and raisin, vanilla, butter-scotch, walnut, peach: You would rhyme off the flavours. That was before They murdered the ice-cream…

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December 12, 2016

Pulling up flax after the blue flowers have fallen And laying our handfuls in the peaty water To rot those…

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December 12, 2016

From The Next Ancient World Even Eve, the only soul in all of time to never have to wait for…

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December 12, 2016

The road in the end taking the path the sun had taken, into the western sea, and the moon rising…

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December 12, 2016

A poem and a benediction from David Whyte for your day.

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December 12, 2016

Vulnerability is not a weakness, a passing indisposition, or something we can arrange to do without, vulnerability is not a…

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
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December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “And I Said To My Soul, Be Loud”

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December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “From a Window”

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December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “For D.”

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December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “Hammer Is the Prayer”

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
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December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “It Takes Particular Clicks”

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
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December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “The Reservoir”

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
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December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “This Mind of Dying”

"Anziano alla stazione"
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December 12, 2016

Quando mi vide star pur fermo e duro turbato un poco disse: “Or vedi figlio: tra Beatrice e te è…

At a mass grave on the outskirts of Koreme in Iraqi Kurdistan, a woman mourns her brother and husband. Estimates of 60,000-80,000 people, mostly Kurdish, disappeared or were executed during the 1988 Iraqi Anfal campaign.
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December 12, 2016

Alicia Partnoy reads her poem “A Homespun Love”

At a mass grave on the outskirts of Koreme in Iraqi Kurdistan, a woman mourns her brother and husband. Estimates of 60,000-80,000 people, mostly Kurdish, disappeared or were executed during the 1988 Iraqi Anfal campaign.
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December 12, 2016

Alicia Partnoy reads her poem “Epitaph”

At a mass grave on the outskirts of Koreme in Iraqi Kurdistan, a woman mourns her brother and husband. Estimates of 60,000-80,000 people, mostly Kurdish, disappeared or were executed during the 1988 Iraqi Anfal campaign.
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December 12, 2016

Alicia Partnoy reads her poem “Testimony”

At a mass grave on the outskirts of Koreme in Iraqi Kurdistan, a woman mourns her brother and husband. Estimates of 60,000-80,000 people, mostly Kurdish, disappeared or were executed during the 1988 Iraqi Anfal campaign.
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December 12, 2016

Alicia Partnoy reads her poem “Survivor”

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” -Flavia Weedn
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December 12, 2016

The Turkish-American poet Adnan Onart reads his touching poem about a moment between Muslims in a donut shop in the days after 9/11.

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” -Flavia Weedn
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December 12, 2016

Adnan Onart reads his poem “Ribbon Time: The Moment”

A young man from Islamabad, Pakistan expresses himself through photography and the poetry of Rumi.
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December 12, 2016

Adnan Onart reads his poem “Al-Mir’aj”

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December 12, 2016

Adnan Onart reads his poem “Morning Prayer”

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December 8, 2016

Listen to the British poet David Whyte read his poem “No One Told Me.”

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December 8, 2016

David Whyte reads his poem “Stone” (Thobar Phadraig).

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December 8, 2016

Listen to David Whyte read his lovely poem, “Working Together.”

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December 8, 2016

David Whyte reads his poem “Everything Is Waiting for You.”

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December 8, 2016

Derek Walcott reads his poem “Love After Love”

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December 8, 2016

Listen to Ms. Alexander recite this poem with and without music. Which one do you like better?

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December 8, 2016

Listen to Ms. Alexander recite this poem with and without music. Which one do you like better?

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December 8, 2016

An excerpt of the poem Ms. Alexander read at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

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December 8, 2016

Listen to Ms. Alexander recite this poem with and without music. Which one do you like better? In our show she reads this after “Neonatology” and surprises herself with the appropriateness of the pairing.

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December 8, 2016

In this poem, Ms. Alexander says that the late Lucille Clifton informed her fluid approach to “a very deep kind of ancestral understanding… that moves us into the future.” Includes the audio of the poet reading her work.

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December 8, 2016

On the day before the President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, Elizabeth Alexander recited this poem on the mall for a soundcheck. And hundreds of people stopped, listened, and clapped.

"Anziano alla stazione"
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December 8, 2016

We try a new drug, a new combination of drugs, and suddenly I fall into my life again like a…

Jennifer Michael Hecht
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December 8, 2016

From The Next Ancient World Praise wild dancing in the kitchen. Praise sitting and talking to the doctor. Praise phone…

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