Poems to take your breath away. Hear contemporary poets reading their poems and talking about their inspiration and writing process. Plus Mark McGuinness reading classic poems and sharing his thoughts on what makes them great.
From Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth
Mark McGuinness reads and discusses an excerpt from ‘Tintern Abbey’ by William Wordsworth.
For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/tintern-abbey-william-wordsworth
The Room Between Us by Denise Saul
Denise Saul reads ‘The Room Between Us’ and discusses the poem with Mark McGuinness.
For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/the-room-between-us-by-denise-saul
From Paradise Lost by John Milton
Mark McGuinness reads and discusses a passage from Paradise Lost Book VII by John Milton.
For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/from-paradise-lost-by-john-milton
The Parting Glass by Ian Duhig
Ian Duhig reads ‘The Parting Glass’ and discusses the poem with Mark McGuinness.
For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/the-parting-glass-by-ian-duhig
From Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
Mark McGuinness reads and discusses a speech from William Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure, Act 3 Scene 1.
For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/measure-for-measure-william-shakespeare
Return to the Terminus by Kathy Pimlott
Kathy Pimlott reads ‘Return to the Terminus’ and discusses the poem with Mark McGuinness.
For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/return-to-the-terminus-by-kathy-pimlott
This is an extraordinary podcast. The material is well researched and beautifully presented. I’ve been in a poetry slump for a few years and this has helped me appreciate it once more.
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I heard you on an author podcast and decided to check out your podcast. I am really enjoying this. It’s giving me a renewed appreciation of poetry. Thank you so much for doing this.
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Dear Mark, you have opened up an avenue for creativity and language that feels miraculous to me. Listening to A Mouthful of Air today, I was moved to tears, by poetry! (A first for me.) Your show is essential, and delightful. Cheers and congratulations, from your friend Karen Lock Kolp :)