I’ve just watched “Paterson” – a Jim Jarmusch film about a bus driver who secretly writes poetry and delights in overheard conversation. It’s a really gentle, observant film with not much action, but a lot of listening. Here’s a really good summary of it by reviewer Mark Kermode, who sums it up as a ‘mood poem”
Listen to this wonderfully calm and thoughtful interview with the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Mary Oliver (NPR recording 2013).
In under 7 minutes, she conveys the fresh tang of her words, by reading her poem “I happen to be standing”, written during her usual early morning attentiveness to nature and poetry writing time of choice. Then goes on to give some thoughts on the practice of writing poetry and her concern with the natural world:
Maria Wigley combines embroidered handwriting with poetry and photography. If the thought of that excites you half as much as it thrills me, then don’t miss her website As an arts college tutor, Maria has thought much about her art and is able to pull out of her bag the quote: “Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks” Plutarch. Also, she … Continue reading Embroidery, poetry, photography
exhibition of contemporary art and poetry, covering Eastertide, Resurrection to Ascension. Continue reading Online exhibition, Edinburgh
This was something W H Auden the poet lived with, as his wish for a monogamous relationship with the one he loved, was not returned. “If equal affection cannot be – let the more loving one be me” was his positive life resolution. (Poem read by W H Auden, Edited, produced and uploaded by ScientificUnity) Continue reading Unrequited love
W H Auden reads his poem about the death of W B Yeats (anniversary today) – not only the passing of the man, but the way poetry lives on in the world after the death of its writer. Interesting to bear in mind that we are listening to the spoken words of a poet who has been dead for over 40 years (died September 1973). Powerful to hear them … Continue reading Poetry lives on
Without even the pressure to dress up, you can listen with the leaders in UK poetry to the annual prestigious award ceremony for the T S Eliot prize – audio recordings now available here.