Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World

Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World

by Pádraig Ó. Tuama
Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World

Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World

by Pádraig Ó. Tuama


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To listen to Pádraig Ó. Tuama read a poem is to fall in love with the spoken word. We’ve been big fans of his Poetry Unbound podcast for many seasons. Each listen would cause us to ferret out the poem read and print out for a read and inspiration. Ó. Tuama has conveniently taken 50 poems and put them in a book. We predict many bookmarked and turned downed corners for this journey into the heart and soul of our human condition.

Expanding on the popular podcast of the same name from On Being Studios, Poetry Unbound offers immersive reflections on fifty powerful poems.

In the tumult of our contemporary moment, poetry has emerged as an inviting, consoling outlet with a unique power to move and connect us, to inspire fury, tears, joy, laughter, and surprise. This generous anthology pairs fifty illuminating poems with poet and podcast host Pádraig Ó Tuama’s appealing, unhurried reflections. With keen insight and warm personal anecdotes, Ó Tuama considers each poem’s artistry and explores how its meaning can reach into our own lives.

Focusing mainly on poets writing today, Ó Tuama engages with a diverse array of voices that includes Ada Limón, Ilya Kaminsky, Margaret Atwood, Ocean Vuong, Layli Long Soldier, and Reginald Dwayne Betts. Natasha Trethewey meditates on miscegenation and Mississippi; Raymond Antrobus makes poetry out of the questions shot at him by an immigration officer; Martín Espada mourns his father; Marie Howe remembers and blesses her mother’s body; Aimee Nezhukumatathil offers comfort to her child-self. Through these wide-ranging poems, Ó Tuama guides us on an inspiring journey to reckon with self-acceptance, history, independence, parenthood, identity, joy, and resilience.

For anyone who has wanted to try their hand at a conversation with poetry but doesn’t know where to start, Poetry Unbound presents a window through which to celebrate the art of being alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324035473
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/06/2022
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 52,250
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and presenter of the Poetry Unbound podcast from On Being Studios. He is the author of Poetry Unbound: Fifty Poems to Open Your World, Kitchen Hymns, and six other books. He lives in Belfast and New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction Pádraig Ó Tuama 1

Wonder Woman Ada Limón 9

Book of Genesis Kei Miller 15

Phase One Dilruba Ahmed 21

A Portable Paradise Roger Robinson 29

Worm Gail McConnell 35

Wishing Well Gregory Pardlo 43

All My Friends Are Finding New Beliefs Christian Wiman 51

Don't Miss Out! Book Right Now for the Journey of a Lifetime! Imtiaz Dharker 57

A Blessing James Wright 63

The Word Zaffar Kunial 69

Bullshit Vahni (Anthony) Capildeo 75

Some Things I Like Lemn Sissay 81

Say My Name Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi 87

Miscegenation Natasha Trethewey 93

Reporting Back to Queen Isabella Lorna Goodison 99

When You Say 'Protestors' Instead of Protectors No'u Revilla 105

We Lived Happily during the War Ilya Kaminsky 111

Writing the camp Yousif M. Qasmiyeh 117

Battlegrounds Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo 123

[Whereas my eyes land on the shoreline] Layli Long Soldier 129

Miami Airport Raymond Antrobus 135

Kulila Ali Cobby Eckermann 143

Reconciliation Jónína Kirton 151

All Bread Margaret Atwood 157

Prayer Faisal Mohyuddin 165

From The Book of Hours Rainer Maria Rilke Trans. Mark S. Burrows 171

How Prayer Works Kaveh Akbar 177

Of Course She Looked Back Natalie Diaz 185

After the Goose that Rose like the God of Geese Martín Espada 193

My Mother's Body Marie Howe 199

Father Carlos Andrés Gómez 205

Man and Boy Patience Agbabi 213

On Receiving Father at JFK after his Long Flight from Kashmir Rafiq Kathwari 221

Essay on Reentry Reginald Dwayne Betts 227

Married Love Kathleen Flenniken 233

Exorcism / Freeport Richard Georges 241

22: La Bota Esteban Rodríguez 247

In Leticia's Kitchen Drawer Peggy Robles-Alvarado 253

When We Were 13, Jeff's Father Left the Needle Down on a Journey Record Before Leaving the House One Morning and Never Coming Back Hanif Abdurraqib 259

Leaving Early Leanne O'Sullivan 265

Seventh Circle of Earth Ocean Vuong 271

Song Tracy K. Smith 277

Coconut Oil Roshni Goyate 283

The Place Where We Are Right Yehuda Amichai Trans. Stephen Mitchell 289

What You Missed that Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade Brad Aaron Modlin 297

Life Drawing R. A. Villanueva 305

Consider the Hands that Write this Letter Aracelis Girmay 311

Living in the Past Joy Ladin 317

On Listening to Your Teacher Take Attendance Aimee Nezhukumatathil 325

Bioluminescence Paul Tran 331

Notes on the Poets 339

Acknowledgements 355

Permission Credits 359

About On Being 367

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