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Poetry Unbound
Poetry Unbound
On Being Studios

Short and unhurried, Poetry Unbound is an immersive exploration of a single poem, hosted by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Pádraig Ó Tuama greets... more

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Episodes

Thomas Lux — Refrigerator, 1957

If your home were a museum — and they all are, in a way — what would the contents of... more

23 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
Rita Wong — flush

The word “flush” is a verb, as in an activity that we do umpteen times a day. It’s also an... more

19 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
Maria Dahvana Headley — Beowulf

Bro — this is definitely not the “Beowulf” that you read back in school. Maria Dahvana Headley’s gutsy, swaggering translation... more

16 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
Michael Klein — Swale

A horse race from the 1980s may not seem like the obvious inspiration for a poem that celebrates so many... more

12 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
Ray Young Bear — Our Bird Aegis

What holds our bodies together? Yes, there are the biological components, such as the cells, fluids, fibers, but what about... more

09 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
Suji Kwock Kim — Search Engine: Notes from the North Korean-Chinese-Russian Border

While disputes over contested lands result in damage that can be seen and documented, they also create countless unseen ruptures... more

05 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
Amber McBride — ROLL CALL: NEW TAROT NAMES FOR BLACK GIRLS

In “ROLL CALL: NEW TAROT NAMES FOR BLACK GIRLS,” Amber McBride treats us to a playful litany of language that... more

02 Feb 2024 · 16 minutes
Carl Dennis — Breath

A fragile and wondrous technology that we all possess, the human breath powers any number of things in our lives... more

29 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Elisa Gonzalez — To My Twenty-Four-Year-Old Self

Our lives are filled with distances, the physical spans that we travel but also the stranger, vaster expanses between our... more

26 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Ofelia Zepeda — Deer Dance Exhibition

Most of us do our eavesdropping shyly and secretively, but Ofelia Zepeda’s poem “Deer Dance Exhibition” welcomes us to listen... more

22 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Poetry Unbound
Thomas Lux — Refrigerator, 1957
Poetry Unbound