Frank Skinner loves poetry. And he thinks you might like it too. Join Frank each week as he takes you through some of his choice picks of poems. There may be laughter. There may be tears. There will certainly be poetry.
Frank Skinner's Poetry Podcast is produced by Sarah Bishop. It is an Avalon production for Bauer Media.
Couplets, cruelty and the occasional caning. Frank enters the poetical world of Alexander Pope.
Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot - Alexander Pope
Rita Dove teaches Frank the art of poetry and how to pull.
Ars Poetica - Rita Dove
Flirtation - Rita Dove
Frank walks the untrodden ways with William Wordsworth.
She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways - William Wordsworth
Spring – Alexander Pope
The Tables Turned – William Wordsworth
Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known – William Wordsworth
A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal – William Wordsworth
Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower – William Wordsworth
Never mind the poetry, here’s the white bits. Frank has a wild night out with the Polish poet, Tadeusz Dabrowski.
I Believe All Round the Clock - Tadeusz Dabrowski (translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones)
Soiree - Tadeusz Dabrowski (translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones)
Bunny Slope - Tadeusz Dabrowski (translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones)
Cathy Park Hong
Frank has always had a fascination with the Wild West. In this episode he explores the macabre Western ballads of Cathy Park Hong.
This podcast contains some disturbing images.
Abecedarian Western - Cathy Park Hong
Ballad in I – Cathy Park Hong
The Song of Katydids – Cathy Park Hong
From ‘Fort Ballads’
Ballad of the Range – Cathy Park Hong
Ballad of Fort Mann – Cathy Park Hong
Ballad of Grace – Cathy Park Hong
Frank begins series 2 with a poem that made him cry in a hotel room. He shares a slice of his ‘unfashionable’ hometown in Liz Berry’s 'Birmingham Roller’.
Bird – Liz Berry
Birmingham Roller – Liz Berry
The Sea of Talk – Liz Berry
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I’ve been surprised at the lack of poetry on podcasts out there and the dullness of those that are out there. Thanks, Frank, for making poetry beautiful again for me.
Can’t tell you just how emotional listening to your take on these poems have made me feel. I’ve always been a fan of poetry but now feel that I’ve been missing the whole essence of most of them. Breaking them down into chunks and filtering through the meaning adds so much more to their understanding and it’s an absolute joy to listen to them. Fantastic choice of poets and a broad spectrum of styles. Thanks Frank, you’ve brought my soul back to life.
Don’t like football am indifferent about the wild west , but love this podcast . Simply a breath of fresh air thank you frank.