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Your new ritual: Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing. Anchor your week by listening to the everyday poetry of your life, with new episodes on Monday and Friday during the season.

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Your new ritual: Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing. Anchor your week by listening to the everyday poetry of your life, with new episodes on Monday and Friday during the season.

    A Poem in Gratitude for Health Care Workers

    A Poem in Gratitude for Health Care Workers

    In Leanne O’Sullivan’s poem “Leaving Early,” the poet writes to her ill husband, entrusting him into the care of a nurse named Fionnuala. As the novel coronavirus sweeps the globe, many of us can’t physically be there for loved ones who are sick. Instead, it is the health care workers — and all involved in the health care system — who are tirelessly present, caring for others in spite of exhaustion and the risk it brings to their own wellbeing.

    We offer this episode of Poetry Unbound in profound gratitude toward all who are working in health care right now.

    • 11 Min.
    Help Shape the Next Season of Poetry Unbound

    Help Shape the Next Season of Poetry Unbound

    Poetry Unbound will be back with new episodes this fall. We’re so grateful to those who welcomed the podcast into their lives, and we’d love to hear more about your listening experience. What did you love? What can we improve? And what poetry, poets, or topics would you like to hear host Pádraig Ó Tuama talk about? Take the short survey at onbeing.org/pusurvey.

    • 1 Min.
    A Poem for How Friendship Endures

    A Poem for How Friendship Endures

    Emily Dickinson’s poem “1383” honors the friendships that endure across time, circumstance, and even misunderstanding. Akin to fire, the connections in these friendships may be strong enough to burn or hurt us, but Dickinson acknowledges that their light continues to draw us in regardless.

    After listening, we invite you to reflect on this question: Think about a friendship that has remained steady for you across the years, even as both of you have changed. Why do you think your relationship has endured?

    • 6 Min.
    A Poem About When We’re Disbelieved

    A Poem About When We’re Disbelieved

    Raymond Antrobus’s poem “Miami Airport” bears witness to the disempowerment that comes when you’re not believed. The voice of the poet is absent, and all we hear is an interrogator seeking to disrupt and displace. This space of suspicion creates anxiety, transporting us to the places and times when someone has questioned the truth of our story.

    A question to reflect on after you listen: When have you felt disempowered by questions about yourself? Did you find your voice again? How?

    • 10 Min.
    A Poem About the Beauty of Home

    A Poem About the Beauty of Home

    Patrick Kavanagh’s poem “The One” is about seeing beauty in the ordinary places of home. One of Ireland’s most famous poets, Kavanagh grew up in rural County Monaghan and moved to Dublin as a young man. This poem revisits the boglands of his home, which he once hated but came to love.

    A question to reflect on after you listen: Think about where you’re from. How has your understanding of it changed over time?

    • 8 Min.
    A Poem for Keeping Memory Alive

    A Poem for Keeping Memory Alive

    Ali Cobby Eckermann’s poem “Kulila” insists on remembering as a moral act. Through the poem, the Aboriginal poet mourns the loss of Indigenous cultures in Australia and how they have been damaged and changed by colonization. Cobby Eckermann calls her readers to a place of listening and lament as a way to keep alive the memory of who we are and who we could’ve been.

    A question to reflect on after you listen: What in your culture or community needs to be lamented, honored, and told?

    • 9 Min.

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