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Short and unhurried, Poetry Unbound is an immersive exploration of a single poem, hosted by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Pádraig Ó Tuama greets you at the doorways of brilliant poems, and invites you to meet them with stories of your world. The poems are eager to meet you, too. For season 8, we have poems about beasts (dung beetles, horses, eagles and ourselves as well); poems with tensions between parents and children; poems about kingdoms and memories of the dead. There is translation, culture, erotica, water, mortality, and morality. Already a listener? There’s also a book (Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World), a Substack newsletter with a vibrant conversation in the comments and occasional gatherings.


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4.9 out of 5 stars from 4.3k ratings
  • Best 15 minutes of my day

    In as little as 5 minutes I am swiftly taken to landscapes that only poetry can travel me. Pad further guides the tour with confident unpretentious encouragement. It takes me longer to decide my lunch! Best part of my day is this podcast!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago
  • Simple beauty. I love the format

    a month ago
  • Wow! This poem brought back memories long buried and forgotten of a former wife when I was in love with her. Thanks for sharing!

    Podcast Addict
    poetry neophyte
    2 months ago
  • Poet

    I love the poetry and I’m a poet myself more

    Apple Podcasts
    Austin sadowski
    United States2 months ago
  • Mid

    Very short unchallenging safe poems read and over-examined by a mono-tonal Leprechaun. Fluffed up with Bland Cookie cutter interlude music that screams “royalty-free”. Uninspiring on all levels. mid westerners or people from Phoenix Arizona who’ve never read challenging poetry, talked to a person with an accent or heard meaningful original music will feel cultured and sophisticated by listening to this. Enjoy.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago

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