The Poetry Radio Project
The Poetry Radio Project
Poetry in our Radio Programs
The Poetry of Ordinary Time
Hear the poet Marie Howe recite her poetry.
Listening to the World
Mary Oliver reads a selection of her poems.
» "The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer"
» "How to be a Good Poet"
» "The Man Born to Farming"
» "The Peace of Wild Things"
» "Sabbaths - 1979, IV"
» "Sabbaths - 1985, I"
» "Postscript to "The Landscaping of Hell: Strip-Mine Morality in East Kentucky""
Poetry was Adnan Onart's response to our invitation for expressions of Muslim identity. He first submitted "Morning Prayer" — which he wrote as he was coming out of a deep depression.
» "Ramadan in Dunkin Donuts
» "Ribbon Time: The Moment"
» "Al Miraj"
» "Morning Prayer"
Xavier Le Pichon describes how his mother taught him a version of this lovely Sully Prudhomme poem. Read our commissioned English translation, and listen to a Québécois poet to recite the poem in French and English.
One of the voices in this program mentioned this Wendell Berry poem as one of her favorites. Listen to Krista recitation and read the text.
Hear Derek Walcott's poem recited by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who said that a prose statement was "bound to be inadequate" in communicating his point. Download the poem and read along.
The poet Sean Nevin has led writing groups with Alzheimer's patients and lived through his own grandfather's struggle with this disease.
The Argentine poet Alicia Partnoy recites her verse. And a poem by Chilean poet Marjorie Agosin — in English and Spanish.
A special hour of poetry dedicated to the late Irish poet, John O'Donohue.
Presents the texts and readings of the Sufi mystic's poems in Persian and in English, with male and female voices.
Features poetry for reflection, help, and healing from Rainer Marie Rilke, Anita Barrows, Jane Kenyon, and the Book of Psalms.
Includes the poetry of guest Jennifer Michael Hecht.
Poetry in SoundSeen (our multimedia stories)
The legacy of Argentina's Dirty War lives on in the children of those who disappeared. We pair their portraits with the poetry of Alicia Partnoy, a survivor from that time and place.
We've woven together the late Irish poet John O'Donohue's reading of his poem with his friends' photographs of the Celtic landscapes he loved.
About the Project
The poet Percy Shelly once wrote "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world." Often poetry is able to say what prose cannot. We've been seeking poets and poetry to provide fresh insights for our programs. We're collecting the results of those efforts here, whether they're from our programs, blogs, or special features.