poetry

poetry

By Parker J. Palmer March 18, 2014

The Quaker elder offers this poetic reminder on trusting that the writing process itself will help you dig into your bafflement.

By Trent Gilliss November 11, 2013

Rachel Button sent us this poem marking the parades that often go unacknowledged on Veterans Day.

By Trent Gilliss July 09, 2013

With his "heart full to bursting," Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.

June 10, 2013

A new generation of Asian-American poets are finding power of expression in slam poetry. For Bao Phi, it's the lifeblood of exploring his identity in America.

June 04, 2013

A wandering reflection arriving at a "found poem." The muse? Our show with Marie Howe. Simply marvelous.

May 29, 2013

A bartender who was born and raised in Jamaica sent us this lovely essay in response to our latest show. A testament to the power of poetry and pursuit.

May 26, 2013

When one's pen goes silent for three years, what's the first line to come out. Christian Wiman tell us. Listen to his beautiful reading of "Every Riven Thing" too.

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."

May 12, 2013

On this Mother's Day, in some odd way, I can think of no more fitting tribute than to listen to Ms. Boorstein reciting these lovely lines from Pablo Neruda.

May 04, 2013

Our weekly wrap-up with poetry and prose, stories of Easter dishes from afar and links to things we're reading in the news and blogging worlds!

May 01, 2013

With a simple idea and chalk, street art welcomes people to stand inside "happiness" to "provoke thought about what happiness is."

May 01, 2013

A poem about friendship and intimacy, waiting and being present in the moment that is heartbreaking and heartening in its song.

April 29, 2013

As we rush forward into the work week, a poem to slow us down, turn us about, and maybe just maybe, laugh at ourselves. Marie Howe reads her poem "Hurry."

April 28, 2013

Listen to Marie Howe read these striking lines from her poem. Her ability to read her own work is marvelous.

March 08, 2013

On International Women's Day, an exploration of notions of womanhood through the great lyrical voices of Rilke, Whitman, and de Chardin in remembrance of the writer's mother.

February 07, 2013

A community college professor responds to Seth Godin's story with his student's poetry.

January 27, 2013

This week's On Being roundup: Learning to be of interest to each other from Richard Blanco and Elizabeth Alexander, a guided meditation, and Twitter conversation about what the rise of "Nones" really says about America's religious landscape.

January 22, 2013

What better way to follow up our show with poet Elizabeth Alexander than to listen to the redemptive words of his second inaugural poet, Richard Blanco. A true pleasure.

January 20, 2013

This week's reflection on the words of Martin Luther King Jr., poetry, nourishment from our listeners, the goodness in sport, and the power of family.

December 25, 2012

A minister who teaches courses in reading to prison inmates reflects on smiling, subversiveness, and the power of recognizing herself in the other.

December 09, 2012

An NYPD officer's act of kindness with an Advent duet. Love from Mr. Matthew Crawley, pieces recommended for reading, and quotations from Krista Tippett. A round-up and a reminder that this joyous season be filled with acts of kindness.

December 03, 2012

Memorials in Berlin and New York remind us to pray for those who have no one to pray for them.

November 28, 2012

A poem inspired by our Civil Conversations Project dialogue on the future of marriage — written in Newark airport by Pádraig Ó Tuama.

November 11, 2012

From celebrating Krista's birthday with a Dana Goia poem and exciting elections to a moving testimony from a grieving mother, a week of reading and listening worth doing.

November 03, 2012

"We're drying them out. But I'm looking closely — a lot of these pages, it's not reparable. This is just heartbreaking to look at." Rabbi Avremel Okonov's words At Mazel Academy in Brooklyn, Torah scrolls were unrolled to dry after being damaged by the floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Ben Harris.— and this image of Torah scrolls being unrolled to dry after a Brighton Beach yeshiva in Brooklyn...

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