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Your poetry ritual: An immersive reading of a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Unhurried, contemplative and energizing. New episodes on Monday and Friday, about 15 minutes each. Two seasons per year, with occasional special offerings. Anchor your life with poetry.

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Your poetry ritual: An immersive reading of a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Unhurried, contemplative and energizing. New episodes on Monday and Friday, about 15 minutes each. Two seasons per year, with occasional special offerings. Anchor your life with poetry.

    Margaret Atwood — All Bread

    Margaret Atwood — All Bread

    In a poem of four stanzas, Margaret Atwood traces bread from its growth in bone-nurtured soil, to the warm ovens of baking, to the table, to the mouth of one person, then the hands of someone breaking bread for many. From the cow-dung in the earth to the salt of the hands of the person kneading the bread, this poem is like a meditation on the material reality of what nurtures the body and what nurtures the soul, and is a secular examination of what breaking bread might mean.

    • 15 min
    Poetry Unbound — Season 4 Trailer

    Poetry Unbound — Season 4 Trailer

    Poetry Unbound with host Pádraig Ó Tuama is back on Monday, September 27. Featured poets in this season include Margaret Atwood, Kaveh Akbar, Danez Smith, Tishani Doshi, and many more. New episodes released every Monday and Friday through December 17.
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    • 1 min
    Katie Manning — What to Expect

    Katie Manning — What to Expect

    This poem stretches the word ‘expect’ into dozens of formulations. Proceeding alphabetically through the index of the book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” Katie Manning creates an exhausting list of all the expectations created during pregnancy,about rejecting some pressures and embracing others; surviving some, being knocked over by others. The humor and pace of this poem places insight alongside insidiousness.

    • 19 min
    Ilya Kaminsky — We Lived Happily during the War

    Ilya Kaminsky — We Lived Happily during the War

    The opening poem to Ilya Kaminsky’s masterpiece, “Deaf Republic,” is written in the voice of someone who is confessing their complacency during a time of trial. There’s a war going on, but it doesn’t affect the person speaking, so they don’t get involved. Instead they stayed outside and caught the sun. They lived happily during the war, and are now saying (forgive us). This poem leaves us wondering what it would mean to make such a confession, to ask for forgiveness, and whether it’d do any good.

    • 16 min
    BONUS: A Conversation with Margaret Noodin

    BONUS: A Conversation with Margaret Noodin

    After Margaret Noodin recited her poem, “Gimaazinibii'amoon” / “A Message to You,” for this week’s Poetry Unbound episode, she spoke with host, Pádraig Ó Tuama, about the story behind that poem as well as the Anishinaabemowin language, translation, and the importance of language preservation.

    • 24 min
    Margaret Noodin — Gimaazinibii’amoon (A Message to You)

    Margaret Noodin — Gimaazinibii’amoon (A Message to You)

    A special bilingual poem in Anishinaabemowin and English by Margaret Noodin, a linguist who writes primarily in Anishinaabemowin. This poem of eight lines is filled with location — the sweet sea, the curved shoreline — and gathers melancholy into its song. And it is a song — sung in both languages for us by Margaret Noodin herself.

    • 16 min

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8 Ratings

Vikingdama ,

I am completely moved

This podcast is beautifully curated and presented, with every episode I am completely moved. I have never really engaged much with poetry before, and so surprised to have immediately found this deeply touching to listen to. Thank you for creating this - it brings a new dimension of richness to my days, truly.

sez kristiansen ,

A beautiful way to start the series

Loved this discourse and the repetition of the poem at the end

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