BY Parker J. Palmer July 06, 2016

Learning from our mistakes doesn't mean we have to obsess over our failures. Parker Palmer and Mary Oliver on the space nature provides for catharsis, so that we can move on to self-forgiveness.

BY Parker J. Palmer June 15, 2016

Loss and trauma can cast us into uncertainty. Parker Palmer finds solace in the words of William Stafford, and wonders if being lost is the first step on a path to something better.

BY Nadia Colburn April 24, 2016

Two poems for those who seek to infuse daily life with thoughtful prayer and attention.

BY Jose A. Alcantara April 04, 2016

Inspired by Rebecca Solnit's book on getting lost, a high school math teacher muses on finding true north without a reliable compass… in a poem.

BY Parker J. Palmer February 10, 2016

Life, like verse, contains beauty, grit, and uncomfortable truth. Inspired by a couplet from Thoreau, our columnist reflects on the journey of life as an artistic, creative craft, in the vein of lyrical composition.

BY Francie Monk January 13, 2016

In poesy and paint, artistic praise for holy birth in Jerusalem and beyond.

BY Siri Liv Myhrom January 07, 2016

A mother's poetic reflection on simultaneously striving to comfort and teach her children, and learn from her own mother, about the growth that can come from struggle.

BY Chris Martin December 17, 2015

A father's poetic awe at his elemental connection with his son, and the thrill he feels in witnessing this miracle of new life.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 08, 2015

Sometimes a poem offers insight into a dream or an event in the news. And sometimes it's about the everyday thing that never occurs.

BY Mary Oliver October 15, 2015

Poetic expression is a character with many personalities, much like one's favorite pet dog. A new poem from Mary Oliver on the playfulness of writing verse.

BY Helen Moore October 08, 2015

An expression of gratitude for this fine day. A morning murmuration, if you will, for all the things we may take for granted in performing our daily rituals and taking stock of life's simple pleasures.

BY May 23, 2013

Rilke follows the course of change through seasons and captures the loneliness of uncertainty in everyday life. Includes Joanna Macy's brilliant reading of "Onto a Vast Plain."

BY January 26, 2012

Campus Martius Fountain in Detroit Kids play at the Campus Martius Fountain in Detroit. (photo: Maia C./Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)

After listening to this week’s show with Grace Lee Boggs (“Becoming Detroit”), Peter Putnam sent this inspired response:

BY December 12, 2010

Poet Elizabeth AlexanderOn December 1, Krista interviewed Elizabeth Alexander, a poet probably best known for her poem “Praise Song for the Day”, which she delivered at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. We’re producing this show for release on January 6, our first show of the new year!

BY November 15, 2010
BY February 11, 2010

How we arrived at choosing the late Lucille Clifton's "won't you celebrate with me" — with video.

BY July 30, 2009

These vids from BBC's "Poetry Season" bring Byron and Blake to life — through punk rock and a soccer presser? Absolutely riveting!

BY June 26, 2009

A reflection on the different interpretations of a single poem and how one man's experience of suffering affects his reading of "Le Vase Brisé" ("The Broken Vase").

BY June 13, 2009
BY March 12, 2009

A preview of one of the beautiful poems read by Alicia Partnoy for this program.

BY February 24, 2009

James Wright's poem on the terror of hospital bills and refocusing on what we really value.

BY January 23, 2009

Elizabeth Alexander discusses truth, metaphor and language with Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report the day after delivering "Praise Song for the Day" at Barack Obama's first inauguration.