Saturday, February 13, 2010

Poetry Podcast - "Valentine" by Carol Ann Duffy

Welcome to Poetry Podcast.

Listen to the poem here:

About this collection

While searching for feminist poetry titles, I found "I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine -- Poems for Young Feminists" edited by Carol Ann Duffy.

Of course, I thought, "How perfect is that for February's Poetry Podcast?"

This is a very cool collection for feminists of all ages. Although it includes works several well-known feminist poets - Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, and Duffy herself -- there are a number of fresh names and voices speaking from the pages.

About this poem:

I simply love the message here -- who says love has to be expressed with roses and chocolate? Why not an onion? Why not a hot pepper? Why not broccoli?

About the poet

According to Wikipedia, Carol Ann Duffy was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009. She is the first woman and the first openly-bisexual person to hold that position.

Today, Duffy told Britain's The Daily Telegraph, "poetry is what love speaks in ... every aspect of love has been celebrated, mourned, praised, and preserved in poetry ... we are most likely to turn to poetry when we are in love, or troubled by love, and many of our greatest poets have produced their finest work when writing love poems."

Related links:

More "Carol Ann Duffy on Love Poems" from The Daily Telegraph.

Duffy also wrote a wonderful poem called "Virgil's Bees" in connection with the Copenhagen summit on the environment last year. It includes some beautiful imagery.

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