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Poem Podcast: Open and Shut

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This week’s poem podcast and two featured poems have knives in them – a literal knife in the first poem, followed by two very different metaphorical knives in two very different poems – so take care.

Poem Podcast: Like Red-Hot Lava

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This week’s poem podcast and two featured poems have knives in them – a literal knife in the first poem, followed by two very different metaphorical knives in two very different poems – so take care.

Poem Podcast: Like Red-Hot Lava

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This week’s poem podcast is ‘Like Red-Hot Lava’ by the remarkable poet María Clara Sharupi Jua, born and raised in the Amazon rainforest, from Ecuador who writes poetry in her native language of Shuar, a language spoken by the indigenous community of the same name.

Poem Podcast: Thread in a Spider’s Web

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This week’s poem podcast is the beautiful poem ‘Thread in a Spider’s Web’ by Coral Bracho, delicately translated by Katherine Pierpoint and Tom Boll. A tender and precise evocation of love, from its opening lines the poet’s breathtaking metaphors are entirely fresh.

Poem Podcast: With a Red Flower

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This week we’ve selected three poems that feature flowers in very different ways. The poem podcast is Iranian poet Azita Ghahreman’s beguiling poem, ‘With a Red Flower’, elegantly translated by Maura Dooley and Elhum Shakerifar.

Poem Podcast: There Was a Time I Loved Alone

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Three poems about isolation by three brave and resilient poets form our featured poems this week. The poem podcast is Noshi Gillani’s ‘There Was a Time I Loved Alone’.

Poem Podcast: I Know Your Body

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For those of you who have yet to encounter the astonishing poems of Víctor Terán, you are in for a treat – and a revelation. Víctor is the preeminent poet writing in Isthmus Zapotec, one of the indigenous languages of Mexico.

Poem Podcast: Throne

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This week’s poem podcast is the exquisitely erotic ‘Throne’ by Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi. In a mere handful of lines this dazzlingly metaphorical poem considers the ‘structure’ of water, the nature of desire, and how time is ‘annulled’ by ecstasy.

Poem Podcast: Make Me Drunk with Your Kisses

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This week’s poem, ‘Make Me Drunk with Your Kisses’, is written by María Clara Sharupi Jua in Shuar, one of the indigenous – and endangered – languages of Ecuador. As you’ll hear, it’s fascinating listening to the poet herself read her poem in a language few of us will have known even existed.