July 26, 2013
  
Hummingbird (for Tess)
Suppose I say summer,write the word “hummingbird,”put it in an envelope,take it down the hillto the box. When you openmy letter you will recallthose days and how much,just how much, I love you. 
Raymond Carver 
 
Infinite Room
Having lost future with him I’m fit now to love those  who offer no future when future is the heart’s way of throwing itself away  in time. He gave me all, even  the last marbled instant, and not as excess, but as if a closed intention were itself  a spring by the roadside  I could put my lips to and be quenched remembering. So love in a room now  can too easily make me lost  like a child having to hurry home in darkness, afraid the house  will be empty. Or just afraid. Tell me again how this is only  for as long as it lasts. I want to be fragile and true as one who extends  the moment with its death intact,  with her too wise heart  cleaned of that debris we called hope. Only then can I revisit that last surviving and know with the wild exactness  of a shattered window what he meant  with all time gone  when he said, “I love you.” Now offer me again  what you thought was nothing.Tess Gallagher
 [Picture credit: courtesy Tess Gallagher, scavenged here: 
http://www.oregonlive.com/O/index.ssf/2009/09/northwest_writers_at_work_tess.html]

Hummingbird (for Tess)

Suppose I say summer,
write the word “hummingbird,”
put it in an envelope,
take it down the hill
to the box. When you open
my letter you will recall
those days and how much,
just how much, I love you. 

Raymond Carver 

 

Infinite Room

Having lost future with him
I’m fit now to love those 
who offer no future when future
is the heart’s way of throwing itself away 
in time. He gave me all, even 
the last marbled instant, and not as excess,
but as if a closed intention were itself 
a spring by the roadside 
I could put my lips to and be quenched
remembering. So love in a room now 
can too easily make me lost 
like a child having to hurry home
in darkness, afraid the house 
will be empty. Or just afraid.

Tell me again how this is only 
for as long as it lasts. I want to be
fragile and true as one who extends 
the moment with its death intact, 
with her too wise heart 
cleaned of that debris we called hope.
Only then can I revisit that last surviving
and know with the wild exactness 
of a shattered window what he meant 
with all time gone 
when he said, “I love you.”

Now offer me again 
what you thought was nothing.

Tess Gallagher

 [Picture credit: courtesy Tess Gallagher, scavenged here: 

http://www.oregonlive.com/O/index.ssf/2009/09/northwest_writers_at_work_tess.html]

July 23, 2013

Lovely readings of Wendy Cope’s poems in yesterday’s With Great Pleasure on Radio 4. Including this one. 

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange—
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.

– Wendy Cope 

11:15am
Filed under: poetry radio 4 wendy cope poem 
November 26, 2012
After the Gold Rush - The Poetry of California (BBC Radio 3)
This is just one of those programmes I wish I had made! Fascinating and beautifully put together. I think Julian May is one of the best producers we have and poet Dana Gioia is a warm, generous voice as presenter. 
Readings from some of the best Californian poets of past and present and music from Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and John Adams. 
I love Dana’s ideas about how the epic scale of California’s landscape has informed its poetry - “the overpowering presence of nature, raw and untameable on the western edge of North America: the dramatic Pacific coastline, the vast mountain ranges, the towering redwoods, enormous deserts and gentle valleys where humanity, constantly arriving in greater numbers, is the interloper.”

After the Gold Rush - The Poetry of California (BBC Radio 3)

This is just one of those programmes I wish I had made! Fascinating and beautifully put together. I think Julian May is one of the best producers we have and poet Dana Gioia is a warm, generous voice as presenter. 

Readings from some of the best Californian poets of past and present and music from Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and John Adams. 

I love Dana’s ideas about how the epic scale of California’s landscape has informed its poetry - “the overpowering presence of nature, raw and untameable on the western edge of North America: the dramatic Pacific coastline, the vast mountain ranges, the towering redwoods, enormous deserts and gentle valleys where humanity, constantly arriving in greater numbers, is the interloper.”

5:59pm
Filed under: poetry california radio 3 bbc radio 
November 7, 2012
Does poetry work on the radio?

2:37pm
Filed under: radio 4 guardian poetry 
May 25, 2012
Researching rock and stone for a new project I came across this rather lovely audio slideshow on the Guardian website. 
“Poetry in motion: exploring Simon Armitage’s new Stanza Stone trail in West Yorkshire – audio slideshow
The brooding natural landscape of West Yorkshire has inspired writers for centuries. Now poet Simon Armitage has left his mark on the countryside by carving six verses into rocks along the 47-mile Stanza Stones Trail. He tells Kevin Rushby how keen-eyed walkers might spot a seventh ‘secret stanza’ and reads from his poem Mist”
Click image to watch on the Guardian website

Researching rock and stone for a new project I came across this rather lovely audio slideshow on the Guardian website. 

Poetry in motion: exploring Simon Armitage’s new Stanza Stone trail in West Yorkshire – audio slideshow

The brooding natural landscape of West Yorkshire has inspired writers for centuries. Now poet Simon Armitage has left his mark on the countryside by carving six verses into rocks along the 47-mile Stanza Stones Trail. He tells Kevin Rushby how keen-eyed walkers might spot a seventh ‘secret stanza’ and reads from his poem Mist”

Click image to watch on the Guardian website

May 10, 2012
More Pejk Malinovski… this time in an excellent jumper… thanks to Jessie Levene for the link. 
Passing Stranger: An East Village Poetry Walk - Audio Tour 
I wish, i wish, i wish… to be there in New York to walk those streets. 
Great article about the project in the New York Times 

More Pejk Malinovski… this time in an excellent jumper… thanks to Jessie Levene for the link. 

Passing Stranger: An East Village Poetry Walk - Audio Tour 

I wish, i wish, i wish… to be there in New York to walk those streets. 

Great article about the project in the New York Times 

May 10, 2012
Very excited about this feature - coming up on Radio 4 on Monday next week.
Sean Street heard a preview and said it was one of the best radio features he’s ever heard. And you best believe Sean has listened to a LOT of radio features.
"Poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular - Aristotle, Poetics
Poetry, Texas, is a radio documentary by Pejk Malinovski. It’s about Poetry. What is Poetry?
"Haaard work." According to Rick Rice. He lives alone in a trailer with his dog, in the small Texan town of that name. "It’s a lot of haaard working people. You can see that just driving up and down the road. The bales of hay sitting there. The cattle. It’s just a lot of hard working people, trying to make an honest dime."
Malinovski, a third generation Danish poet, came across Poetry on Google and decided to venture out there to find the poetry of Poetry.
Poetry is not really a town, it’s a bunch of houses along a road with a gas station in the middle, three churches and a school. And a Taxidermist.
"It’s hard to know where poetry starts and where poetry stops now, back in the day it was well defined." Says Rick Salisbury of Poetry Taxidermy
Pejk Malinovski takes the listeners gently and humorously by the hand and shows them a fresh way to look at Poetry. Free from dusty books and literary experts, free even from poets. But full of life.
Produced by Pejk Malinovski
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.
Click picture to listen (from Monday). 

Very excited about this feature - coming up on Radio 4 on Monday next week.

Sean Street heard a preview and said it was one of the best radio features he’s ever heard. And you best believe Sean has listened to a LOT of radio features.

"Poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular - Aristotle, Poetics

Poetry, Texas, is a radio documentary by Pejk Malinovski. It’s about Poetry. What is Poetry?

"Haaard work." According to Rick Rice. He lives alone in a trailer with his dog, in the small Texan town of that name. "It’s a lot of haaard working people. You can see that just driving up and down the road. The bales of hay sitting there. The cattle. It’s just a lot of hard working people, trying to make an honest dime."

Malinovski, a third generation Danish poet, came across Poetry on Google and decided to venture out there to find the poetry of Poetry.

Poetry is not really a town, it’s a bunch of houses along a road with a gas station in the middle, three churches and a school. And a Taxidermist.

"It’s hard to know where poetry starts and where poetry stops now, back in the day it was well defined." Says Rick Salisbury of Poetry Taxidermy

Pejk Malinovski takes the listeners gently and humorously by the hand and shows them a fresh way to look at Poetry. Free from dusty books and literary experts, free even from poets. But full of life.

Produced by Pejk Malinovski

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Click picture to listen (from Monday).