The Poetry Radio Project

The Poetry Radio Project

The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi

Rumi
from "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" (in Persian and in English)

» "Song of the Reed"
» "The Promise"
» "A Great Wagon"
» "Like This"
» "On God"
» "On Language"
» "On the World"
» "On Love"


Love After Love

Derek Walcott
from "Opening to Our Lives" as recited by Jon Kabat-Zinn

»"Love After Love"


Fragility and the Evolution of Our Humanity — A Geophysicist's View

René François Armand Sully-Prudhomme
from "Fragility and the Evolution of Our Humanity" as recited by Jean-Luc Garneau

»"Le Vase Brisé (The Broken VaseP"


What We Nurture

Pablo Neruda
from "What We Nurture" as recited by Sylvia Boorstein

»"Keeping Quiet" by Pablo Neruda


Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves

Jennifer Michael Hecht
from "Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves" and "A History of Doubt"

»"Men Wept"
»"No Hemlock Rock"
» "No, I Would Not Leave You If You Suddenly Found God"
» "History"


Alzheimer's, Memory, and Being

Sean Nevin
from "Alzheimer's, and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory"

»"Oblivio Gate"
» "Self-Portraits from the Widow House"


The Soul in Depression

The Soul in Depression
Features poetry for reflection, help, and healing from Rainer Marie Rilke, Anita Barrows, Jane Kenyon, and the Book of Psalms.

» "Back" by Jane Kenyon
» "Questo muro" and "Heart Work" by Anita Barrows


SoundSeen (our multimedia stories)

Children of the Disappeared

Children of the Disappeared (Video)

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.


Beannacht

Beannacht (Slideshow)

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

Poetry, David Whyte says, is language against which we have no defense. We inhabit a moment in which defended language is practically all we know, and so we are re-learning our basic human need of poetry to flourish. Many of our wise guests spontaneously bring a poem into their reflections on mystery and meaning in life. Take pleasure in this compilation of poems — from Mary Oliver to Wendell Berry, from John O'Donohue to Rumi to Pablo Neruda and many many more. Listen. Read. Watch. Enjoy.


Poetry on the Blog


Jerusalem
by William Blake



Encounter
by Yahia Lababidi



r e t u r n i n g s
by Pádraig Ó Tuama



Dusk
by Rabindranath Tagore



Grand Canyon
by Parker Palmer



Lead
by Mary Oliver



Untitled
by Willow Harth



Rembrandt's Late
Self-Portraits
by Elizabeth Jennings



To Be of Use
by Marge Piercy



Thanks, Robert
Frost
by David Ray



If a Prayer
Would Do It
by Stephen Levine



Some Kiss
We Want
by Rumi



Tired of Speaking
Sweetly
by Hafiz



Dirge Without
Music
by Edna St. Vincent Millay



Mindful
by Mary Oliver



Surgical Ward
by W.H. Auden



The Way It Is
by William Stafford



Questions Before
Dark
by Jeanne Lohmann



We look with
Uncertainty
by Anne Hillman



The Buddha's
Last Instruction
by Mary Oliver



The Winter of
Listening
by David Whyte



The Wild Geese
by Wendell Berry



I Died as a
Mineral
by Rumi



Messenger
by Mary Oliver



Blessings
by Ron Wallace



Forgetfulness
by Billy Collins



Season
by W.S. Merwin



Autumn
by Rainer Maria Rilke



The Low Road
by Marge Piercy



On Turning Ten
by Billy Collins



Maybe
by Mary Oliver



Lost
by David Wagoner



The Place Where
We Are Right
by Yehuda Amichai



Blackbirds
by Julie Cadwallader-Staub



The Layers
by Stanley Kunitz



You Reading
This, Be Ready
by William Stafford



The Angels and
the Furies
by May Sarton



In Blackwater
Woods
by Mary Oliver



Why Should I
Ever Be Sad?
by Parker Palmer



The Guest
House
by Rumi



Camas Lilies
by Lynn Ungar



Selah
by A.E. Lefton



The Poem I Would
Have Writ
by Parker Palmer



The Trip
by Jeanie Greensfelder



The Almanac of
Last Things
by Linda Pastan



The Clearing
by Jena Schwartz



Aver, Aver
by Francie Monk