POETRY READINGS

POETRY READINGS

Poems performed by professional actors.

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POETRY READINGS
  • Poetry Reading: ODE TO MY WIFE, by Mike Bevins

    Narration by Val Cole

    POEM:

    There was a man who had a wife
    He thought she would be with him the rest of his life
    They had been together so many years
    Through good times and bad, through laughter and tears
    It wasn’t always easy but as the years passed
    They created a life together they thought w...

  • Poetry Reading: GRANDMA’S FLY ABOUT HAT, by Linda Mereness Kleinschmidt

    Narration by Val Cole

    POEM:

    Grandma’s favorite hat is all flowers,
    All sizes, all colors, full of beauty.

    Her hat is so big,
    It hides every
    Inch of her head
    Except the tip of her nose.

    In our neighborhood park,
    Grandma’s hat staves off the sun
    Until a bright breeze comes along and
    Lifts it i...

  • POETRY Reading: THE PILLOW, by Judi Beecher

    Narration by Val Cole

    The Pillow: by Judi Beecher

    I close my eyes to sleep
    and hold you tight.

    My body wraps around yours
    as you gently stroke my hair.

    Your gaze ignites a fire
    deep within my soul.

    A knowingness overcomes me,
    I soar through the air
    with newly grown wings.
    Unstoppable ...

  • Poetry Reading: READING A MAP, by Joanne Leva (interview)

    Narration by Val Cole

    READING A MAP, by Joanne Leva

    Fall River. Smith Mills. New Bedford. Freetown.
    A slow drive into charcoal blue. Silver
    Beach. Ethereal Grey Gables. Frozen
    Creek. Flying Horses Carousel. The wind

    was whipping along the coast and you were
    West Chop bent at the hip. Your arms...

  • Poetry Reading: FLIGHT OF THE HEART, by Murray Blanchard

    Narration by Val Cole

    FLIGHT OF THE HEART, by Murray Blanchard

    A gust of wind sets a lofty leaf,
    black foreboding sky lends me to
    grief.
    Rivers collide, forceful oceans
    swell, my thirsting lips, his to
    quell.
    Weary watered eyes break the spirit
    free, reborn soul within allows me
    to see.
    Raindr...

  • POETRY Reading: Sweet Gratitude, by Claudio Laniado

    Narrated by Val Cole

    POEM:
    Sweet gratitude because I can walk, talk, eat, drink, enjoy a beautiful sunset , have a home , carry a home within myself, share of myself with loving kindness to those who I meet, and inspiring others to do the same because love and compassion for me is a start of a ...

  • Poetry Reading: My God, by Logan Clarke

    Performed by Val Cole

    My God
    Has not guaranteed me a reservation in Heaven
    Nor has he threatened me with purgatory.
    For he knows no purgatory-
    Except mental
    In the minds of the living.

    I walk with God down the beach,
    Lie back with him at night...

  • Poetry Reading: Intoxication, by Duane March (interview)

    Performed by Val Cole

    Intoxication

    By Duane March

    Ask me to describe my earnest fascination?

    Ask me, might as well, pi's endless calculation,

    Words do not suffice to offer explanation.

    Her eyes gleam a golden brown,

    Athena’s owls, soft as down,

    Her hair is a mane of chesnut fire,

    It t...

  • POETRY Reading: The Jubilant Journey, by Preston Mehr

    Voice Over by Val Cole

    Get to know the poet:

    1) What is the theme of your poem?
    Fantasy, adventure, humanity, optimism, recovery, inspiration, motivational, entertainment, healing, sanity, utopia and kindness

    2) What motivated you to write this poem?
    I first wrote a short fake humorous advert...

  • Poetry Reading: THE BLUES - SINGER BLUES, by Georgia May

    https://youtu.be/vhZODR_ecOE

    Performed by Val Cole

  • Poetry Reading: SPECIMEN SHAME, by Tita Anntares

    https://youtu.be/W7c4_wMFMbY

    Performed by Val Cole

    1) What is the theme of your poem?
    Shame - acknowledging the impact of being shamed

    2) What motivated you to write this poem?
    A simple moment when I asked a question in a Q&A after a talk about what motivated her to do something she had discus...

  • Poetry Reading: A PATCH, by Michael O'Brien (interview)

    https://youtu.be/Li-8sXlZdi4

    Performed by Val Cole

    Get to know the writer:

    1) What is the theme of your poem?

    The theme is the quest for existential belonging.

    2) What motivated you to write this poem?

    I have been writing poetry my whole life.

    3) How long have you been writing poetry?

    ...

  • Poetry Reading: THE LION, by Nikki Rawnsley (interview)

    Performed by Val Cole

    Get to know the poet:

    1) What is the theme of your poem?

    THE LION is one of my favorite poems in my anthology. It is featured in Part Two, Wild Beasts, Inspired Tales, and other stories from my book Black Heart Words & Poems.

    I identify as a romantic realist, navigating...

  • Poetry Reading by Tammy Mckenzie

    Performed by Val Cole

  • Poetry Reading: SINNERS, by L. Paul Sutton

    Performed by Val Cole

  • Poetry Reading: Double Minded, by Tanasha Friar

    Performed by Val Cole

  • POETRY Reading: CRUMBLE, by Meik V. Fischer

    Performed by Val Cole

  • POETRY Reading by Poet Chrystal Meach

    Performed by Val Cole

    Poem:

    The sun glistens upon us. Hawks fly. Angels sing. The dance of life moves to the beat of earth’s hum. Gaia awakens those asleep. They have slumbered far too long. The time is now. Let it flow through you. The child within is your first clue. As you listen to the sil...

  • Poetry Reading: BEAUTY SLEEP, by George Tunis

    Performed by Val Cole

    Beauty Sleep

    In a cold and murky water,

    Upon a flowered, and blooming land.

    Lays the bones,

    and treasured objects,

    Of a long lost and missing man.

    Fish feed on the decayed remnants,

    Pebbles collect the remaining scum.

    His skin, devoured long ago,

    The currents w...

  • POETRY Reading: The Self-Indulgence, by Massimo Vito Avantaggiato

    Performed by Val Cole

    https://festivalforpoetry.com/

  • POETRY Reading: Choir of Light, by Kenneth RIchard Hardman

    Performed by Val Cole

    https://festivalforpoetry.com/

    Authors website: https://Engineerstories.com

  • HORROR Poetry Reading: Mark of the Morendo, by Leif Behmer

    Narrated by Steve Rizzo

  • HORROR Festival Poetry: The Last Word, by Joe Ayella

    Narration by Steve Rizzo

  • HORROR Festival Poetry: The Coachman of Death, by Isabelle Le Roux (interview)

    Performed by Steve Rizzo

    Get to know the poet:

    1) What is the theme of your poem?

    My poem is about the passage from life to death. At this very moment, a legendary figure appears: the coachman of death. He is represented by a gruesome skeleton. He rides a noisy cart pulled by an old horse, i...