Poetry

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Poetry

We love poetry and we are very fortunate that The Poetry Archive like to record at The Soundhouse.

Fleur Adcock writes: " Poems are composed of the poet’s voice, they are made of the speech of the poet. Their rhythm, structure and vocabulary are those of the person who writes them… Only the poet can give the correct rhythmical interpretation and phrasing to his or her own sentences."

They have a wonderful selection of poetry on the website, www.poetryarchive.org and you can download your favourites for a minimal fee.


To hear a selection of poets read their work with their own intonation and inflection, click on the images below:

1 - Moniza Alvi

Moniza Alvi


Reads Mermaid
2- Tara Bergin reads ‘At the lake with Roberta’

Tara Bergin


Reads 'At The Lakes with Roberta'
3 - Sandeep Parmar reads ‘Invocation’

Sandeep Parmar


Reads 'Invocation'

4 - Connie Bensley reads ‘In the Palm of His Hand’

Connie Bensley


Reads 'In the Palm of His Hands'
5 - Hannah Lowe reads ‘Ribs’

Hannah Lowe


Reads 'Ribs'
6 - Isobel Dixon

Isobel Dixon


Reads 'After Grief'

7 - Jack Underwood reads ‘Some Gods’

Jack Underwood


Reads 'Some Gods'
8 - Jon Stallworthy reads ‘Letter from Berlin’

Jon Stallworthy


Reads 'Letter from Berlin'
9 - Katrina Porteous reads ‘The Ain Sakhri lovers’

Katrina Porteous


Reads 'The Ain Sakhri Lovers'

10 - Luke Wright reads ‘Dad Reins’

Luke Wright


Reads 'Dad Reins'
11 - M. R. Peacocke reads ‘Pig Sonnet’

M. R. Peacock


Reads 'Pig Sonnet'
12 - Ross Sutherland

Ross Sutherland


Reads 'Here'

13 - Mark Ford reads ‘Ravished’

Mark Ford


Reads 'Ravished'
14 - Dan Burt reads ‘Trade’

Dan Burt


Reads 'Trade'
18 - Selima Hill reads ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in the History of Lawn Tennis’

Selima Hill


Reads 'The most beautiful woman in the history of lawn tennis'
15 - Helen Mort reads ‘The Dogs’

Helen Mort


Reads 'The dogs'
16 - Rachel Rooney reads ‘Target’

Rachel Rooney


Reads 'Target'
17 - Gwyneth Lewis reads ‘Ornithology’

Gwyneth Lewis


Reads 'Ornithology'

19 - Liz Berry reads ‘Bird’

Liz Berry


Reads 'Bird'
20 - Patience Agbabi reads ‘The Doll’s House’

Patience Agbabi


Reads 'The Doll's house'
21 - Christian Campbell

Christian Campbell


Reads 'Donny Hathaway'

If you are new to poetry, check out their guide ‘ How to get the most out of The Archive

The Poetry Archive is a not for profit organisation, dedicated to bringing recordings of the best of every kind of poetry in English to a worldwide audience.

Click here to find out how you donate to support the archive.

They have a wonderful selection of poetry on their website.

All photos courtesy of the Poetry Archive