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.
Dan Vera — Norse Saga
When you move to a new place, everything seems different. Hell’s not hot anymore; it’s freezing. A poem of strangeness and wonder.
Solmaz Sharif — Self-Care
Who decides what’s self care and what isn’t? Who benefits? Who pays? Upon whom does the burden of self care rest? Solmaz Sharif excavates.
Dunya Mikhail — Eva Whose Shadow Is a Swan
Some friendships are built on small encounters and last a lifetime. Two women — from across culture, location, and age — spend a lifetime in communication.
Aaron Caycedo-Kimura — What’s Kept Alive
At the hingepoint of change, a poet walks through the garden his late father planted.
Kevin Goodan — We give…
Firefighting pushes the body to breaking point; Kevin Goodan’s poem locates the “ash-dark art” of firefighting not just in the wilderness where the team worked, but in the muscles of the firefighters.
David Whyte — Leaving the Island
Sometimes leaving feels like you’re splitting yourself in two, but you leave anyway. What compels us? What holds us together even as we look back? David Whyte’s poem combines pain and promise as someone is both departing and venturing at the same time.
I couldn’t stop…
Laughing as you read this poem. Either time you read it. Your inflection, I added expression to your face and twinkle to your eyes. Thank you Padraig.
Food for the Soul
I stumbled upon this podcast, gave it a try, and am so very glad I did. It has become my very favorite thing to listen to. Food for my soul. Food I didn’t even know that I needed…. Thank you!
I love this podcast
O Tuama not only understands the meanings and subtext of a poem, but has the ability to convey them in a way that we understand them also. A truly gifted teacher!