Well, no surprises – my most recent Talking Books show on 10Radio was one of my favourites. For a change, I hosted a poetry request show, with Devon poet Paul Mortimer who read his own work and poems that listeners, Facebook and Twitter friends and others asked for. Roger McGough presents a wonderful programme on Radio Four that I wish I could even vaguely emulate, but the pleasure that this show gave me was immense, and I hope you enjoy it too.
Paul read his own work -
You can read more of his work on his blog at Welshstream. I heartily recommend it. Paul is inspired by landscape, both rural and urban and also uses photography to reflect his work. Wonderful stuff.
The requested poems included :
He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W.B. Yeats (read by Anthony Hopkins)
Words wide night, by Carol Ann Duffy
Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas
Do not stand at my grave and weep – Mary Elizabeth Frye
To Autumn by John Keats (read by Ben Whishaw)
Inversnaid by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The wild swans at Coole – by W. B Yeats
As our bloods separate by David Constantine
You can hear the whole show here (the photo is of Paul…):
Do take a listen. We talk much of landscape and how it can affect our emotions; of Roger Deakin and Robert McFarlane and of our love of poetry in general. Many people say ‘I don’t ‘get’ poetry’ or acknowledge they love just one poem – perhaps because it has been read in a favourite film, or at a wedding or funeral. But there is, genuinely, poetry for everyone – it might just take a little time to find a poet you can relate to.
Keep trying – read some poetry, please!