The Poetry Radio Project

The Poetry Radio Project

The Ecstatic Faith of 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 (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

by William Blake

by Yahia Lababidi

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

by Rabindranath Tagore

Grand Canyon
by Parker Palmer

by Mary Oliver

by Willow Harth

Rembrandt's Late
by Elizabeth Jennings

To Be of Use
by Marge Piercy

Thanks, Robert
by David Ray

If a Prayer
Would Do It
by Stephen Levine

Some Kiss
We Want
by Rumi

Tired of Speaking
by Hafiz

Dirge Without
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

by Mary Oliver

Surgical Ward
by W.H. Auden

The Way It Is
by William Stafford

Questions Before
by Jeanne Lohmann

We look with
by Anne Hillman

The Buddha's
Last Instruction
by Mary Oliver

The Winter of
by David Whyte

The Wild Geese
by Wendell Berry

I Died as a
by Rumi

by Mary Oliver

by Ron Wallace

by Billy Collins

by W.S. Merwin

by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Low Road
by Marge Piercy

On Turning Ten
by Billy Collins

by Mary Oliver

by David Wagoner

The Place Where
We Are Right
by Yehuda Amichai

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
by Mary Oliver

Why Should I
Ever Be Sad?
by Parker Palmer

The Guest
by Rumi

Camas Lilies
by Lynn Ungar

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