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Life is long and you're getting older. It's weird, and not just in a bad way. An old poet talks about the ups and downs of life so far, and wonders about well-being in old age. You too may find that old age is unexpected, ever-changing, and in some ways strangely satisfying.

How To Be Old Rachel McAlpine

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Life is long and you're getting older. It's weird, and not just in a bad way. An old poet talks about the ups and downs of life so far, and wonders about well-being in old age. You too may find that old age is unexpected, ever-changing, and in some ways strangely satisfying.

    Letting go of stuff

    Letting go of stuff

    Listen to two poems about decluttering and letting go of stuff. They’re about the kind of transformation that needs to happen as old age approaches. It’s not just material things that clutter up your life. There’s a sort of psychic clutter that has also got to go.

    Poems about murder and personality types—a poetry reading

    Poems about murder and personality types—a poetry reading

    Hello again. I’m Rachel McAlpine bringing you a Friday night poetry reading. Tonight I’ve got a special treat: two poems about murder. Don’t worry, they’re not too scary. The main poem is about the Parker-Hulme murder of 1954.

    Poetry reading: 3 poems about homes

    Poetry reading: 3 poems about homes

    We’ve just emerged from lockdown in New Zealand after stamping out COVID-19, at least for now. So we’ve spent a lot of time inside our homes. These 3 poems are about some of the 25+ homes I've occupied over 80 years.

    Poetry reading: 3 strong women

    Poetry reading: 3 strong women

    Tonight we have three poems about three generations of strong women: my grandmother Mim, my mother Celia, and my big sister Jill.

    Poetry reading for my ex-husband Grant

    Poetry reading for my ex-husband Grant

    I'm reading three poems now especially for Grant, the father of my children, who died a few days ago. He was 84. It’s forty years since we separated and these are not gloomy poems. Lust, A Family Secret, and My Dear Ghosts are in my new book, How To Be Old.

    Poetry reading: 3 poems from How To Be Old

    Poetry reading: 3 poems from How To Be Old

    This is your Friday night poetry reading. It's short and sweet, just 3 introductory poems from my new book. Live events cancelled: enjoy podcast readings!

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