I want to focus a Channel on Soundcloud rather than just one poem, It was very hard to choose one because every track is excellent. Most of the poems are love poems. Others are very inspirational. The voice is clear, passionate and lends an immediacy and urgency to the poems. The music behind the poems enhance, rather than distract. And while the poems feel raw they are skillfully crafted, giving a brutally honest integrity to the poetry.
Lonnie Hicks is a spiritual poet from San Francisco. He writes a lot of spiritual and social commentary poetry. His website is here. Today’s spoken word is an environmental poem which lyrically describes the life of an aquifer that is slowly being depleted. There is a lot of biblical imagery in the poem but it provides a good context for the impact we have on our environment. The reading is delivered in the traditional poet’s style – a flat delivery, but his passion can be felt in and under his voice. A transcript of the poem is here. Enjoy.
Here is Seamus Heaney reading a wedding poem written for two friends of his. Posted by the groom, this poem is wonderful, a beautiful poem about marriage and a blessing for the couple. Wendy and I received two poems at our wedding. One from the Best Woman, and one from a dear friend of ours, Dulcie Meddows. We appreciated them both.
I love the Scottish accent. It has such a great passion behind it, and a lilt that is musical. This poem is also a wonderful poem full of quiet anger. The poet’s reading progresses at good pace.
This is a great and powerful meditation about music, what get heards, and doesn’t get heard. Hang around for a quick response about his motivation
This week’s piece is an excellent example of Australian bush poetry. It describes one of the unique frogs that live in the Eastern states. Maureen’s reading underplays the strict meter that most bush verse follows, and the pleasant soundtrack adds a naive sweetness to the poem.
A lovely gentle voice, Irene is reading a found poem. Poetry is something to be discovered in all senses of the word!