Reading “The Snow Man,” by Wallace Stevens

The phenomenon of Pennsylvania-born Wallace Stevens gives a guy like me hope. There was a day when great writers had post-university careers outside of the literary and academic fields. William Carlos Williams was a pediatrician, T.S. Eliot, a banker, and even more hopeful for me, Philip Larkin was a Librarian! In this current literary climate where the…

“So You Want To Be A Writer?” by Charles Bukowski

Thanks for finding this one, John! I love that Tom O’Bedlam’s (well, that’s what he calls himself) incredible voice is getting more publicity. And if a Charles Bukowski poem in an advert is what it takes for others to get excited about poetry, so be it. I’ve been following his work for some time, and…

David Reads “The Trees,” by Philip Larkin

Coming in at the end of day 17 in my Poetry Month personal challenge of recording a poem per day this April. If you followed at all last year, you’ll remember the challenge involved all videos on my YouTube channel. This year I’ve modified things a bit because I don’t actually have the three to…

Love Poems You Wish You Had Written #1: with Wendy Cope

I haven’t posted anything recently about Poetry Under the Paintings, and since I just sent out the announcement for the Valentine’s edition to my local Facebook poets and poetry lovers, I thought I’d pass along to you the video I included for them. It’s one that I recorded on YouTube three years ago, but had…