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Your new ritual: Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing. Anchor your week by listening to the everyday poetry of your life, with new episodes on Monday and Friday during the season.

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Your new ritual: Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing. Anchor your week by listening to the everyday poetry of your life, with new episodes on Monday and Friday during the season.

    Christian Wiman — All My Friends Are Finding New Beliefs

    Christian Wiman — All My Friends Are Finding New Beliefs

    Who are the friends that, despite different paths chosen, have remained steadfast in your life?

    In this poem Christian Wiman recalls the changing beliefs of his friends; this one has a new diet, this one has a new relationship, this one is slipping away, this one is verdant. While doing so, he holds the love for his “beautiful, credible friends” as the thing to hold on to while the planet turns faster.

    • 11 min
    Carlos Andrés Gómez — Father

    Carlos Andrés Gómez — Father

    How has becoming a parent — or being a caregiver — changed you?

    This is a poem of two halves. In the first half, a man questions God — how could a loving Father allow suffering to happen? And in the second half, the man becomes a father himself, filled with fear and love. His questions about fatherhood change; he’s no longer wondering about the beyond, he’s wondering about the right now.

    • 17 min
    Ellen Bass — Bone of My Bone and Flesh of My Flesh

    Ellen Bass — Bone of My Bone and Flesh of My Flesh

    What pet names have you been called? What are the circumstances and stories behind these pet names?

    In this poem, a woman considers the pet names to give her female partner; “My beloved” isn’t very convenient when you’re dropping off dry cleaning. And what word to use when speaking of how she annoys you? Written in the time before same-sex marriage was legalized in the U.S., the humor of this poem highlights how policy can steal language from the everyday.

    • 15 min
    R.A. Villanueva — Life Drawing

    R.A. Villanueva — Life Drawing

    Who do you trust with your body?

    In this poem, a man writes about his wife’s life-drawing class. She’s been sketching a naked male model for weeks, and the poet worries, comparing himself, trying to figure out how he feels. This poem moves from anxiety to request to consent to reciprocality. His self-consciousness about sharing his body with someone is transformed into trust and vulnerability.

    • 14 min
    Zaffar Kunial — The Word

    Zaffar Kunial — The Word

    Have you ever projected your own awkwardness onto someone else? How did you do it? And how would you address them now?

    This poem recalls how, as a young adult, Zaffar Kunial judged his immigrant father’s way of speaking English. A poem that’s filled with adolescence as with awkward parental relationships, it also speaks of his yearning to fit in, to enjoy his own life. Shame features in this poem — the younger poet had been ashamed of his father’s grammar, but now, with time, he seems ashamed to have been that son.

    • 11 min
    Dilruba Ahmed — Phase One

    Dilruba Ahmed — Phase One

    What do you find hard to forgive in yourself? What might help?

    In this poem, the poet makes a list of all the things she holds against herself: opening fridge doors, fantasies, wilted seedlings, unkempt plants, lost bags, feeling awkward, treating someone poorly. Dilruba Ahmed repeats the line “I forgive you” over and over, like a litany, in a hope to deepen what it means to be in the world, and be a person of love.

    • 15 min

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