World Day of Poetry


It was a joy to co-create these poetry videos with our friends, Collective Cork. We chose six poems to be narrated by our friends. The poems are by Pauli Murray, Emily Dickinson, Jacob Morris, Laura Grey, Mary Oliver and Cork’s very own Kel Menton.

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

Rita Dove

Part 1

In this video, we have poetry by activist Pauli Murray, recited by Dr. Lewis Barfoot.

Valeria Venditti recites Emily Dickinson.

Part 2

In part 2 we have poetry by Jacob Morris, recited by Rebekka Simon and by Laura Grey, recited by Maria Sinnecker.


In the finale, we have poetry by Mary Oliver, recited by Gillian McIlroy and by Cork’s very own Kel Menton, recited by Helena Palmer.

Truth, honesty, empowerment – it’s what I want for myself and my readers.

Rupi Kaur