50 Poems to Open Your World
by Pádraig Ó. Tuama
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Pub Date 06 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2022
Expanding on the popular podcast from On Being, 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 expand 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. For anyone who has wanted to try their hand at a conversation with poetry but doesn’t know where to start, Poetry Unbound encourages understanding and appreciation, presenting a window through which to celebrate the art of being alive.
About the Author: Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and presenter of the podcast Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios. From 2014 to 2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation community. He lives in Belfast, Ireland.
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This might be my new favorite poetry collection. Each of the fifty poems in this anthology has a tiny introduction and an essay following it, both by Padraig O'Tuama, who is a fantastic poet, peace-worker in Ireland, podcast host of "Poetry Unbound," and frequent visitor to the "On Being" podcast. I loved reading this book, but also, those of you who are English teachers might find it very usefully excerptable for your classes.
This would be a great companion for students or anyone wanting to expand their horizons in reading poetry. I loved the variety of themes by the various poets.
Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy. As an AP Literature teacher, this book is a treasure! I listen to Tuama's podcast and so have heard his episodes/essays before, but having his thoughts written down after each poem offers a wonderful learning resource for AP students who are new to analyzing poetry. This is accessible and fun because the poem choices are so vast. A must read for a poetry lover!