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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.

    Scottish poet Michael Pedersen on poems, people and old age

    Scottish poet Michael Pedersen on poems, people and old age

    Scottish super-poet reads "Gravity" and talks about poems, people, and his future old age. Recorded November 2019 NZ and still as fresh as a purple thistle head

    Young poet, old poet

    Young poet, old poet

    A young poet reads a poem to an old poet. An old poet learns about eating green apples with chili, and a new snack is invented. You can read the original poem on my blog.

    Poetic therapy: two poems for when you break or are haunted

    Poetic therapy: two poems for when you break or are haunted

    In a storm of regrets or negative thoughts, sometimes a poem can help you to mend. That's informal poetic therapy. What poems do you turn to?

    Poems for friends and relatives

    Poems for friends and relatives

    Today I'm reading poems that I wrote for particular friends or relatives—not love poems exactly, just a message celebrating them.

    How children think

    How children think

    Wonder what children think about hell, careers and catastrophes? Sit back and listen to three poems with some insights into their private worries.

    3 happiness poems

    3 happiness poems

    After 2020, we may need help to achieve a happy new year. Sit back and listen to 3 poems about happiness that might help you to find it or notice it squatting in your life.

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