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The Poetry Exchange podcast shares the conversations we have been having with people about poems as friends.

Our podcast illuminates the unique way in which an individual reader has connected to a poem and the part it has played in their life.

In each podcast you will hear an individual talking about a poem that has been a friend to them, as well as the ‘gift’ recording of the poem made especially for them.

 

Episode 10: ‘The full moon in daylight’

In this episode, Mark talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘For Sigrid’ from ‘The Bounty’ by Derek Walcott.

The episode was recorded at St Chad’s College Chapel as part of Durham Book Festival in October 2015.

“For Sigrid” from THE BOUNTY by Derek Walcott. Copyright © 1997 by Derek Walcott. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. us.macmillan.com/fsg

 

Episode 9: ‘I must hold my face to the rain’

In this episode, Alison talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘Restlessness’ by D. H. Lawrence.

The episode was recorded at St Chad’s College Chapel as part of Durham Book Festival in October 2015.

 

Episode 8: ‘Peace comes dropping slow’

In this episode, Martin talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by W. B. Yeats.

The episode was recorded at The Poetry Library at Southbank in London.

 

Episode 7: ‘Freedom makes the moth tremble’

In this episode, Claudia talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘The moth’ by Miroslav Holub.

The episode was recorded at Greyfriar’s Chapel in Canterbury, as part of Wise Words Festival in September 2014.

Miroslav Holub, Poems Before & After: Collected English Translations. Trans. Dana Hasova and David Young (Bloodaxe Books, 2006)
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Episode 6: ‘Poetry is the human voice’

In this episode, John talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘Ars Poetica 100: I Believe’ by Elizabeth Alexander.

The episode was recorded at Greyfriar’s Chapel in Canterbury, as part of Wise Words Festival in September 2014.

Ars Poetica #100: I Believe © 2005 by Elizabeth Alexander, first appeared in American Sublime, published by Graywolf Press, St. Paul, MN, and is used with the permission of Elizabeth Alexander.

 

 Episode 5: ‘A dance to be done’

In this episode, Alice talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘Compost’ by Dan Chelotti.

The episode was recorded at Greyfriar’s Chapel in Canterbury, as part of Wise Words Festival in September 2014.

 

 Episode 4: ‘A sudden gift’

In this episode, Tricia talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘Prayer’ by Carol Ann Duffy.

The episode was recorded at The Poetry Library at Southbank Centre in August 2015.

‘Prayer’ from Mean Time by Carol Ann Duffy. Published by Picador, 2013. Copyright © Carol Ann Duffy. Reproduced by permission of the author c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd., 20 Powis Mews, London W 11 1JN

 

 Episode 3: ‘The clear unfallen world’

In this episode, Margaret talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘The Transfiguration’ by Edwin Muir.

The episode was recorded at St Chad’s College Chapel as part of Durham Book Festival in October 2015.

 

Episode 2: ‘I am myself at last’

In this episode, Mary Anne talks about the poem that has been a friend to her – ‘I Am Like A Rose’ by D. H. Lawrence.

The episode was recorded at Greyfriars’ Chapel in Canterbury as part of Wise Words Festival in September, 2015.

 

 Episode 1: ‘Surely some revelation is at hand’

In this episode, Dominic talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – ‘The Second Coming’ by W.B. Yeats.

The episode was recorded at St Chad’s College Chapel as part of Durham Book Festival 2015.

 

As a ‘teaser’ to our podcast, listen to these extracts of conversations we’ve been having with people about poems as friends.

 

You can also listen to recordings of some of the poems nominated to The Poetry Exchange so far.

 

Hurrahing In Harvest by Gerard Manley Hopkins – poem as friend to Christine Webb.

 

Remember by Elizabeth Jennings – poem as friend to Carole Moffat.

 

Labour and Delivery by Tasha Posleanic – poem as friend to Claudia Barwell

 

Our Meetings by Andrew Waterman – poem as friend to Diana Bennett

 

Loving In Truth by Philip Sidney – poem as friend to Steve Constable

 

Intimacy by Marge Piercy – poem as friend to Jaqueline Kington

 

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud by William Wordsworth – poem as friend to Monika Kolovos

 

To Be Of Use by Marge Piercy – poem as friend to Fiona Lesley Bennett

 

The Peninsula by Seamus Heaney – poem as friend to Sarah Butler

 

Snow by Louis MacNiece – poem as friend to Gill McEvoy

 

The Lake Isle Of Innisfree by W.B.Yeats – poem as friend to Martin Heaney.

 

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