This Be The Verse

Hosted by Maya, Rebecca, William and Julia

Sundays 18:00 - 19:00

Welcome to This Be The Verse, bringing you our favourite poems, suitably nerdy discussion of said poems, interviews with poets, YOUR SUBMISSIONS (!) and maybe even some poetry news. With a rotating group of presenters, every episode promises a slightly different flavour and possible eclecticism. 


E1: The Abused

We start off season three with Rebecca and Will! And in typical This Be the Verse style it's another bummer of a topic - poetry all about the abused. Any sensitive readers may find this episode difficult to listen to, in which case have a listen to any other of our wonderful shows, but tune in to discover the power and guilt poetry can so beautifully express.

E2: Science

William and Maya look at the life scientific as expressed through poetry, featuring work by Alicia Ostriker, Walt Whitman, Sam Sax and more.

E3: Parents

Maya & Julia discuss poetry from Shara Lessey, Kaveh Akbar, Emily Berry, Jasmine Burgess and Sophie Dunsby. We discuss importance of names, how to use a fairytale to understand yourself, and why you shouldn't look back when you're trying to escape from hell.

E4: The Sea

Julia and Rebecca discuss that perennial theme, the sea.

E5: Bodies

Maya and Rebecca look at poems on the body, from ee. cummings to Sharon Olds.

E7: Art

William and Julia explore painting and art with poetry by Anne Sexton, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marianne Moore and more!