Poems. “Dear Webster” by Connie Fife (Cree/Mohawk)

Read or print the poem

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Poems. To be or not to be, by William Shakespeare

 

William ShakespeareWelcome to the TP Podcast!
This time I’m going to read one of the most human poems ever written, a poem that can be understood even if we don’t share the same its author’s time space and culture. I’ll read Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be” in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Then I’ll tell you my pacifist version of the first five lines, which was what I declared when I was arrested after taking Direct Nonviolent Action (DNVA) at Greenham Common in 1990. (I have to add here that the Sergeant was quite enthusiastic about my statement. I was released about half an hour later!)
Read “To be or not to be”. Here is the pacifist version, also in Spanish.
Here is the Talking People webpage devoted to Shakespeare, who we love!
If you’ve never thought about what the to be or not to be question is, I suggest you think about it now, and if you can, discuss it with more people – you will be surprised.
Thank you for listening and have a nice day!
Listen to this episode.

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Poems. This Is Just to Say, by William Carlos Williams

William Carlos WilliamsI love this poem. It’s so mysterious, and so honest. I don’t know what it means. I just know it means something mysterious and daily and beautiful, plus totally human. Picture it as a post-it note on a fridge. Hope you enjoy it!

Read the poem

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Poems. Brief Bus Stop, by Ani Difranco

Ani DifrancoRead the lyrics here (from her album “not so soft”, 1991)
Language notes: “to wane” is something the moon does, because the moon waxes and wanes! “To toe the line” is ‘to conform to a rule or standard’.
More on Ani Difranco at the Talking People Website (Music)

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Poems. The Housing Poem, by Dian Million

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Read the poem at Dian Million’s webpage on Talking People, and find out more about her

 

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Poems. Autobiography in 5 short chapters, by Portia Nelson

Portia NelsonRead the poem and learn more about its author. There are some language notes in the Word version you’ll find.
Hope you enjoy it!

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Poems. Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

Mary OliverRead this poem and find more info/activities.

Tell yourself this poem when you are waiting to enter an examination room! It’ll lull you a bit, soothe you down, and you’ll be able to concentrate and focus better! 🙂

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Poems. Strange Fruit, by Joy Harjo

Welcome to our poetry segment!
Read this poem, watch videos where Joy Harjo reads other poems or plays music…

More on American Indians
More on Billie Holiday“Strange Fruit” and more

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