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May No Woman Ever Die Of Love

In this audio we hear a new poem from Ilka Scobie, recorded with the drive of the city surrounding her like a sea gale, she sounds almost like she is on a boat, the cry of a whale deep below her.

Ilka Scobie’s poem Così Fan Tutte, worldly chaos and the maelstrom of a city

Ilka Scobie’s work chronicles fifty years of ideas, feminist activism, observation, friendship and curiosity about life and the arc of time. Ilka is the embodiment of a poetry prism with many facets. She was born in Brooklyn, lived in lower Manhattan, moved to Shady in the Catskills where she homesteaded off grid, then returned to NYC where she teaches poetry in the NYC school system, writes for artlyst and performs her poems uptown and downtown unless she is in Soncino, Italy where she gardens for part of every year. She has written continuously since the mid 1960’s and has been involved with writers, poets and artists of all kinds including Janine Pommy Vega, Herbert Hunke, Jean Giorno, Ugo Rondinone.

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The Brilliance Of Tulips

Charles Saumarez Smith, a single, lit rose and the brilliance of the tulips

Charles Saumarez Smith is a freelance writer, curator and art historian. He is an urban explorer by foot and bicycle,  and a person who is alive to the wonders of life.

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Wendover Woods

Ruth Padel in Wendover Woods

In this recording, poet Ruth Padel offers sounds and senses from her lifelong connection to a familial forest touchstone.  The place and pulse of her poem is somehow umbilical, the wind and birdsong become her breath and feelings. 

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Epigramma

The Greek anthology, grave steles, epigrams and inscribed poetry

There are two beauties in our world, the world itself and how it’s seen. In our second mini-podcast, a moment’s thought is offered to us, and we follow the thought’s line along with artist, Andrew Hewish, to where it settles on the remembering of the dead, the rituals of stone, and the poetry, shape and movement of a poetic form being described as, almost, sculpture or choreography. In The Nature Of, shares the varied and rich ways we each see and think about the world.

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Audre Lorde

This is a beginning; the first of (hopefully) firsts and seconds and thirds, and 47ths and 102nds. In The Nature Of is a series of short recordings, done outdoors (mostly) with the sounds of birds and branches as roof; water, soil and sand as flooring.

Hazel has asked farmers, artists, writers, thinkers and individuals from around the world to capture an idea, question or poem and share it. These are glimpses of a place, a time of day, a season, or momentary thought.

Our first recording is from Marguerite, whose name is a strong, tall flower, which grows wild in its’ native Canary Islands, and has now made its’ way around the world in blue, pink, yellow, white, always with its raised yoke at the centre.

In Irish, the word for daisy is noínín, meaning ‘afternoon child’ and Marguerite has this sense of openess, playfulness and rootedness. Marguerite is from France, and is working as a veg and flower grower in Devon. In her recording, done under a mulberry tree, she shares an erotic poem by Audre Lorde, an American writer, feminist and civil rights activist, who described herself as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” and whose life and creativity were dedicated to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.