Poetry is an under-appreciated art form, cast aside in favour of the latest blockbuster or sites such as Spotify or series binges on Netflix. We don’t argue against any of these things but there is space in everyones life for poetry. We humans are hardwired for poetry, it inspires us, relaxes us and has in the past acted as a call to action for us. So to ignore poetry would be to deny nourishment to ourselves. But how do we make time in our busy lives for more poetry?
5 ways to make time for poetry in your like.
1. Listen online
If you struggle to find time to read poetry, then why not listen to it online. The Poetry Society can be found on Youtube and is a veritable treasure trove of resources including all of the spoken poetry you could wish for. You will find poets reading their own work as well as the work of your favourite poets. You will also discover poets you had not previously known.
Here’s Hollie McNish reading A response to ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’
2. A poem a day
Poem-a-Day is a great way to get a poem in your inbox every day of the week. You will find poem-a-day at poets.org. They claim it as the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 250 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year.
Poem-a-Day is distributed via email, web, and social media to 500,000+ readers free of charge. The series highlights classic poems on weekends, and weekday poems are accompanied by exclusive commentary and audio by the poets. The series’ weekdays are curated by twelve poets from across the United States who have wide-ranging expertise and editorial perspectives. Poet Paul Guest currently serves as guest editor for July 2019.
3. Listen to Poetry while you drive.
The arrival of the audiobook has been a massive boon to those who enjoy reading but can’t always find time. Listening to poetry while you drive is an excellent way to make time for poetry. You will find an extensive catalogue of poetry at Audible.
The Poetry off The Shelf Podcast from The Poetry Foundation is produced by Helena de Groot and explores the diverse world of contemporary poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously. Once you subscribe you have access to the latest podcasts plus the archive so you will be spoiled for choice.
Here’s a podcast from March 1st as a taster
4. Visit a Poetry Juke Box
The Poetry Jukebox made its first appearance in Dublin city centre this summer. An on-street installation that provides an innovative platform for poetry. You can choose a poem at the touch of a button.
The Poetry Jukebox is also a popular installation in Belfast, introduced as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival 2017. There are over 50 more in the world, in Berlin, New York, Warsaw, Brussels and Prague and further afield. So go find a poetry Juke Box and listen to some poetry.
5. Subscribe to a Poetry Magazine
Have poetry delivered through your letterbox by subscribing to a library magazine. There are lots magazines you might consider, the best advice is to chose one that matches your taste. The Poetry Magazine from the poetry foundation is claimed as the oldest Monthly Mag devoted to poetry but there are so many more. Check out Amazon who offer a bewildering selection of poetry magazines here It goes without saying that our favourite magazine for poetry, short fiction and review is The Blue Nib which you can subscribe to from just 9.50 per quarter.