A Mouthful of Air poetry podcast with Mark McGuinness

Podcast episodes

If you’re new to the podcast, start with Episode 1: Welcome to A Mouthful of Air. It introduces the show and suggests some ways to get the most out of it.

The links below will take to you to all the podcast episodes released so far – with audio recordings and full transcripts, including the text of the poems.

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Welcome to A Mouthful of Air

In Episode 1 of the podcast Mark McGuinness introduces the show and suggests some ways you can get the most out of it. 

Episode archive

71. Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

70. Drinking Ode by Matthew Buckley Smith

69. The Great Fire of London, from Annus Mirabilis by John Dryden

68. Pregnant Teenager and Her Mama by Carrie Etter

67. To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

66. Homunculus by the Shore by Luke Palmer

65. Sextain by William Drummond of Hawthornden

64. DIY Sestina: What Would You Ask the Artist? by Terrance Hayes

63. A Crocodile by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

62. ‘you are not in search of’ by Martyn Crucefix

61. The Maldive Shark by Herman Melville

60. The Future of A Mouthful of Air

59. The Larder by Judy Brown

58. Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 1 by Sir Philip Sidney

57. Bede’s Sparrow by Isobel Dixon

56. ‘As I push the door’ by Harry Man and Endre Ruset

55. Futility by Wilfred Owen

54. From The Triumph of Life by Percy Bysshe Shelley

53. Song about putting a bird in a pie by Luke Samuel Yates

52. The Tyger by William Blake

51. In the stillness of his moment, deciding by Tom Sastry

50. For I will consider my cat Jeoffry by Christopher Smart

49. The Sanctioned State by Edward Doegar

48. The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins

47. From Iarnród Éireann by Simon Barraclough

46. The Wild Swans at Coole by W. B. Yeats

45. Two Tablespoonfuls by Caleb Parkin

44. Verses upon the Burning of Our House by Anne Bradstreet

43. From Saffron Jack by Rishi Dastidar

42. I Sing of a Maiden – Anonymous

41. 9th December (Sunday) by Quentin S. Crisp

40. The Sun Rising by John Donne

39. At Peckham Rye by Clare Pollard

38. In an Artist’s Studio by Christina Rossetti

37. My Beautiful Comrade from the North by Matthew Caley

36. The Kraken by Alfred Tennyson

35. Ə [Schwa] by Paul Blake

34. Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

33. Sentience by Maggie Sawkins

32. From Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth

31. The Room Between Us by Denise Saul

30. From Paradise Lost by John Milton

29. The Parting Glass by Ian Duhig

28. From Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

27. Return to the Terminus by Kathy Pimlott

26. From Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

25. The Garden of Gethsemane by Malika Booker

24. Humming-bird by D. H. Lawrence

23. Nothing the hedgerows say by Mark Antony Owen

22. The Unquiet Grave – Anonymous

21. Organza by Selina Rodrigues

20. Adlestrop by Edward Thomas

19. From cante jondo mixtape by Rowan Evans

18. It sifts from Leaden Sieves by Emily Dickinson

17. once a thing is gone, that is the end of it by Kate Ling

16. The Oxen by Thomas Hardy

15. The Lilies by Mona Arshi

14. They Flee from Me by Sir Thomas Wyatt

13. No Tengo Mas by Mick Delap

12. From Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer

11. Lockdown Sonnet LIX by Jaqueline Saphra

10. The Illusionist by Mark McGuinness

9. Metamorphosis by Dom Bury

8. Beyond the Last Lamp by Thomas Hardy

7. From The Taxidermist by Shazea Quraishi

6. The Jumblies by Edward Lear

5. How I Hold the World in This Climate Emergency by Cath Drake

4. Sonnet 60 by William Shakespeare

3. Eggs by Mimi Khalvati

2. He Thinks of Those Who Have Spoken Evil of His Beloved by W.B. Yeats

1. Welcome to A Mouthful of Air

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