The Poetry Radio Project

The Poetry Radio Project

Poetry in our Radio Programs

Revealing Ramadan

Revealing Ramadan
June 25, 2009

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. Read that poem, along with three others, and listen to Onart reciting his words.

» "Ramadan in Dunkin Donuts"
» "Morning Prayer"
» "Ribbon Time: The Moment"
» "Al-Mir'aj"


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

Fragility and the Evolution of Our Humanity — A Geophysicist's View
May 7, 2009

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
June 25, 2009

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"


Opening to Our Lives — Jon Kabat-Zinn's Science of Mindfulness

Opening to Our Lives — Jon Kabat-Zinn's Science of Mindfulness
April 16, 2009

Hear Derek Walcott's poem recited by 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
March 26, 2009

This program includes two poems by Sean Nevin, who 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
March 19, 2009

Features Argentine poet Alicia Partnoy reciting her verse and a poem by Chilean poet Marjorie Agosin — in English and Spanish.

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


The Inner Landscape of Beauty

The Inner Landscape of Beauty
February 28, 2008

Dedicates a special hour to the late Irish poet, John O'Donohue.


The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi

The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi
December 13, 2007

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
February 26, 2009

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
January 8, 2009

Includes the poetry of guest Jennifer Michael Hecht.


Poetry in SoundSeen (our multimedia stories)

Children of the Disappeared

Children of the Disappeared
[video, 4:59]

March 19, 2009

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, 1:18]
February 28, 2008

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.

Special Funding

The Poetry Foundation
We're a proud partner in a collaboration between the Poetry Foundation and American Public Media.