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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.

A Mouthful of Air: Poetry with Mark McGuinness Mark McGuinness

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 33 Ratings

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.

    The Great Fire of London, from Annus Mirabilis by John Dryden

    The Great Fire of London, from Annus Mirabilis by John Dryden

    Mark McGuinness reads and discusses a passage about the Great Fire of London, from Annus Mirabilis by John Dryden.



    For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/the-great-fire-of-london-from-annus-mirabilis-john-dryden

    • 43 min
    Pregnant Teenager and Her Mama by Carrie Etter

    Pregnant Teenager and Her Mama by Carrie Etter

    Carrie Etter reads ‘Pregnant Teenager and Her Mama’ and discusses the poem with Mark McGuinness.



    For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/pregnant-teenager-and-her-mama-carrie-etter

    • 36 min
    To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

    To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

    Mark McGuinness reads and discusses ‘To His Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvell.



    For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/to-his-coy-mistress-andrew-marvell

    • 38 min
    Homunculus by the Shore by Luke Palmer

    Homunculus by the Shore by Luke Palmer

    Luke Palmer reads ‘Homunculus by the Shore’ and discusses the poem with Mark McGuinness.



    For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/homunculus-by-the-shore-luke-palmer

    • 32 min
    Sextain by William Drummond of Hawthornden

    Sextain by William Drummond of Hawthornden

    Mark McGuinness reads and discusses ‘Sextain’ by William Drummond of Hawthornden.



    For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/sextain-william-drummond-of-hawthornden

    • 36 min
    DIY Sestina: What Would You Ask the Artist? by Terrance Hayes

    DIY Sestina: What Would You Ask the Artist? by Terrance Hayes

    Terrance Hayes reads ‘DIY Sestina: What Would You Ask the Artists?’ and discusses the poem with Mark McGuinness.



    For a full episode transcript go to: https://amouthfulofair.fm/diy-sestina-what-would-you-ask-the-artist-terrance-hayes

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Literally Upsidedown ,

Fantastic!

Mark is a mesmerizing reader and clear, insightful teacher.

Angie H-B ,

Five stars +++

I never thought I would say this but this podcast makes poetry exciting and alive! I have never been interested in poetry but was looking for something to cheer up an ill friend and found this podcast. I cannot praise it enough. Something about having the classic poems read by Mark brings them to life! Listening to contemporary poets read and talk about their own work is equally fascinating. Five stars +++ for this show!

Ehmeht ,

Terrific readings and insightful explorations And it’s fun

This is the best poetry podcast I’ve found. If you are put off by the humid murmurings of so many poets as they offer their poetry out ..not loud, this poet reads the work of others with heart and conviction and then dives in to its methods and meanings.

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