All literature, but poetry in particular for some of us, becomes more important during the pandemic. Last month, we invited a group of poets and critics to read favourite poems of theirs, from any country or century. We know how much you enjoyed it; the response has been fantastic. So we've invited fifteen more poets and poetry lovers to read a poem that resonates for them and that might speak to others as we hunker down and live more privately. All the readers, poets, and titles of poems are listed below.
Kate Middleton reads ‘Lake Superior’ by Lorine Niedecker
Jaya Savige reads ‘Happiness is the Art of Being Broken’ by Bruce Dawe
Anthony Lawrence reads ‘The Simple Truth’ by Philip Levine
Claire G. Coleman reads ‘The Second Coming’ by W.B. Yeats
Warwick Hadfield reads ‘Bouncer’ by Anthony Lawrence + ‘A Gypsy Tune’ by Gwen Harwood
Sarah Day reads ‘Encounter’ by Czesław Miłosz
Chris Wallace-Crabbe reads ‘South Country’ by Kenneth Slessor
Kerryn Goldsworthy reads ‘Quarantine’ by Eavan Boland
Philip Mead reads 'One Train May Hide Another' by Kenneth Koch
Kevin Brophy reads ‘Aware’ by Denise Levertov
Andrea Goldsmith reads ‘A Man in His Life’ by Yehuda Amichai (translation by Chana Bloch)
Michael Farrell reads ‘Andy’s Gone with Cattle’ by Henry Lawson
Geoffrey Lehmann reads ‘At Half Past Three, A Single Bird’ by Emily Dickinson
Maria Takolander reads ‘Brooms’ by Charles Simic
Ali Alizadeh reads ‘The Walls Do Not Fall’ by HD (Hilda Doolittle)
Thom Sullivan reads ‘The City Limits’ by A.R. Ammons
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