listen soon…

November 2, 2015

New Lyrical Ballads on BBC Radio 4

Companion to the juicy colors of autumn, the lush sounds of romantic poetry are available for your listening pleasure…but only through the month of November. BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting two programs — November 1 and November 7, 2015 — in which 26 of the “finest poets in the land” read new lyrical ballads inspired by the original Lyrical Ballads of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The book, published in Bristol in 1798, is “renowned for its radical preface and considered to have marked the beginning of the English Romantic movement in literature.”

Commissioned by the Bristol Festival of Ideas and introduced by the Festival’s director, Andrew Kelly, the poet/readers include Fleur Adcock, Patience Agbabi, John Burnside, Gillian Clarke, Paul Farley, David Harsent, Kathleen Jamie, Liz Lochhead, Ian McMillan, Andrew Motion, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Ruth Padel, Don Paterson, Jean Sprackland and Michael Symmons Roberts.

Find and enjoy Episode 1 on BBC Radio 4.

on poetry

March 26, 2015

Poet A.E. Housman photographed by E.O. Hoppé“Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out. ‘Poetry gives most pleasure,’ said Coleridge, ‘when only generally and not perfectly understood’; and perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.”
A.E. Housman
(March 26, 1859 – April 30, 1936)
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Poet A.E. Housman photographed by E.O. Hoppé

make some poetic noise…

November 23, 2013

record-a-poemIn case it has escaped your notice, those busy folks at The Poetry Foundation have established a stream on Sound Cloud: Record-a-Poem. Here’s an opportunity to give voice to some of your favorite poems and put them in front of a poetry-loving audience.

Don’t know where to begin? Consider participating in The Poetry Foundation’s collaboration with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and read a selection from Part II of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Post your recording at Record-a-Poem by December 1, 2013 at midnight and your voice could be added to a crowd-sourced reading that will be edited from the contributed versions.

View the complete instructions on the BAMblog.