Listening to Poetry: Resonance of Truth, Healing, and Mystical Tradition

By Elizabeth G. Howard
Listening to Poetry, Poetry on Unity Online Radio

Writer Annie Finch said poetry distinguishes itself from other forms of art not on its basis of language or thought. It is something humbler: By experiencing poetry, we listen to the “physical resonance of the words of the poem, within the internal space of our own minds.”

As a way to reflect and understand how to listen to poetry, we offer some of our most enlightening Unity Online Radio shows on the power of poetry.

Speaking Truth: The Healing Power of Poetry

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian, Unity Online Radio host

The Yoga Hour

Host: Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian

Poetry speaks truth, and speaking truth heals.

Whether we write poetry for ourselves or to share with others, the process of creating poetry allows us to examine and express our own unique life. We can see who we are more clearly and bring meaning to all of our experiences: our joy, our sorrow, our fears, and our hopes.

John Fox, author of Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making, joins Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian for an exploration of poetry writing as a way to heal body, mind, and spirit. Tune in and explore the power, beauty, and healing potential of poetry.

Turn Me to Gold—Exploring the Poetry of Kabir With Andrew Harvey

Diane Ray, Unity Online Radio

Be Present: The Diane Ray Show

Host: Diane Ray

Andrew Harvey, internationally renowned religious scholar, author, and teacher, discusses his new book Turn Me to Gold: 108 Poems of Kabir. The poetry of 15th-century Indian mystic Kabir comes alive as Andrew shares his insight on the work of Kabir and who this man really was.

The Gift of Sufi Poetry With Maggy Whitehouse

Rev. Paul John Roach, Unity Online Radio

World Spirituality

Host: Rev. Paul John Roach

Examining the mystical path of Islam, host Rev. Paul John Roach and Mystery School host Maggy Whitehouse read the works of Sufi poets and explore Sufism with its passionate and mystical poetic tradition, including Rumi and more.

Book Club Discussion of 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, With Naomi Shihab Nye

Janet Conner, Unity Online Radio

The Soul-Directed Life (Archived show)

Host: Janet Conner

Naomi Shihab Nye is a world-famous poet born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and American mother. She has lived in Ramallah in Palestine, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas. Naomi gives voice to her experience as an Arab-American through poems about heritage and peace that overflow with the humanitarian spirit. She is the author of many award-winning books of poems, including 19 Varieties of Gazelle.