The Poetry Radio Project

The Poetry Radio Project

Poetry in our Radio Programs

Revealing Ramadan

Revealing Ramadan

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"

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

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

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.

»"Le Vase Brisé / The Broken Vase"


Repossessing Virtue: Living Differently, Beyond Economic Crisis

Repossessing Virtue: Living Differently, Beyond Economic Crisis

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.

»"The Peace of Wild Things"


Love After Love

Derek Walcott's "Love After Love"

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.

»"Love After Love"


Alzheimer's, Memory, and Being

Alzheimer's, Memory, and Being

The poet Sean Nevin has led writing groups with Alzheimer's patients and lived through his own grandfather's struggle with this disease.

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


Laying the Dead to Rest

Laying the Dead to Rest

The Argentine poet Alicia Partnoy recites her verse. And a poem by Chilean poet Marjorie Agosin — in English and Spanish.

»"Survivor"
»"Testimony"
»"Epitaph"
»"A Homespun Love"
»"How many times …"


The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi

The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi

Presents the texts and readings of the Sufi mystic's poems in Persian and in English, with male and female voices.


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.


A History of Doubt

A History of Doubt

Includes the poetry of guest Jennifer Michael Hecht.


Poetry in 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

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.