Podcast Poetry

Vic Errington

I perform my own poetry, and also that of other people who inspire me. I read their poetry within the context of their life story. Music and SFX are part of the mix. read less
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Vera Stasny - Poet, Carer, Survivor and more ...
31-03-2024
Vera Stasny - Poet, Carer, Survivor and more ...
Vera's website - authorverastasny.com Order Vera's book 'Being Heard: Healing the Voices of Trauma - A Collection of Writings (not an affiliate link) Welcome back to podcast poetry live. I heard about Vera Stasny from a close friend and business partner of mine, Laine K. Laine interviewed her long-time friend Vera on her youtube channel Laine’s Domain, and I worked on the original recording as a video editor. Feel free to watch that interview. There’s a link to it in the show notes. I was totally blown away by Vera’s life story. Here was a woman who faced trauma basically from birth after her parents moved from Czechoslovakia to London, England at the outbreak of world war 2. She experienced the horror of the London Blitz and took the psychological scars with her when they moved to America after the war. At a young age Vera was then diagnosed with cancer. As if that wasn’t enough to contend with other illnesses arose as she battled to survive. She did survive after taking the responsibility of her health away from the medical establishment and into her own hands. But Vera has had one of those lives that are full of major challenges – physical, emotional, and material. Did she succumb to the pressure? No. Vera is a true warrior, not just looking after herself but showing compassion and giving practical help to others in need. As well as working her way to the top of the finance industry in the US, she was also a teacher for many years. After retirement despite ongoing health issues Vera goes skiing most days of the week with a determination to enjoy life and make life better for others. And guess what? Vera wrote a book containing astonishing writings, including poems delving deep into the experience of trauma – both her own and that suffered by others. The book is called Being Heard – Healing the voices of trauma – a collection of writings - And she gave me permission to present it here on Podcast Poetry Live! Thank you, Vera! I present three of her poems today. The first is called Blitzcrieg – and it paints a vivid picture of her war experience as a toddler. The second ‘If I died before you’ is a poem about love, and the fear of loss. There is so much insight in that poem. The third and last of Vera’s poetry I present you with today is called ‘Second chance’ – hearing this verse is a must for anyone who has health challenges and doesn’t know where to turn for help. She tells you how it is. I want to thank Vera Stasny for this opportunity to read and voice her incredible work. Thanks Vera. Okay. Let’s go for a journey courtesy of Vera Stasny, one of life’s inspirational survivors. But she didn’t just survive. She grabbed life with both hands, ran with it, and enjoys it to the full. Okay, let’s start with Blitzcrieg.
Peacekeeper - sometimes a soldier is there only for the visual
30-03-2024
Peacekeeper - sometimes a soldier is there only for the visual
Artwork: a royalty-free stock image I used as it highlights in a humorous way the futility and irony that come up in conflict situations. Large view) In the theatre of war the script often calls for serviceman to be visible but do nothing. Sometimes it's just a case of being at a location in order to make a statement on behalf of the puppet masters. The presence of a handful of soldiers in an armoured personnel carrier waiting by the roadside in a foreign country while thousands of its citizens, armed to the teeth, march by on their way to confront their local religious or political rivals, equal in numbers and weapons, can only be for show. But, of course, a show can end badly. Peacekeeper offers an image of such a scenario. The show ends well this time. The written version of Peacekeeper can be found in the Transcript. (The intro music ends at 00:35) In case you're wondering about stanza three, line 2 (marines and sailors) - The phrase tell that to the marines is a scornful expression of disbelief. In A Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1993), B. A. Phythian explained: Marines were originally soldiers raised for sea-service (originally in the seventeenth century) and trained for maritime warfare. As such they were looked down on by sailors, who saw themselves as skilled members of a senior service; in fact, soldiers at that time were not highly regarded by anyone. The phrase originated in naval circles with the implication that marines were ignorant enough to believe anything. This phrase was originally he may tell that to the marines, but the sailors will not believe him, and variants. https://wordhistories.net/2016/09/14/tell-that-to-the-marines/
Jenna Chaplin - Poet, Writer and Traveller
30-03-2024
Jenna Chaplin - Poet, Writer and Traveller
Musical idents - Italian music found on archive.org) I was told by a friend of mine, Ed, from the US that his niece, Jenna, is an avid poet. Never one to miss an opportunity to discover poetic talent I asked Ed if Jenna would mind showing me some of her work with a view to presenting it here on Podcast Poetry Live, if it was quality poetry of course. Jenna duly obliged. After reading the first poem - Pocket Change - I realised I had to bring Jenna into the fold. You'll hear Pocket Change in a moment, and I can tell you it's short, sharp and powerful. Reading it the first time left me excited about the rest of her work. So I dived in and got lost in it. Jenna has a unique and wonderful way of expressing pain and pleasure in verse, and it paints pictures – some you want to look away from and others you want to fix your gaze on. Before reading you the poems I selected for publication here's her bio that she has on her website Jenna - Amongst many roles, I treasure the ones of poet, writer, and traveler the most. Many people will also know me from being a (former) coffee shop owner, then a tour director and Italian travel specialist, roles which I adore as well. As a kid, I fell in love with language and travel as a means of connecting our humanity. On my first trip to Italy as a teenager, some part of my heart stayed there. As an adult now, I’m in Italy as often as I can be, with as little paperwork as I have to have, and I currently hold B2 proficiency in Italian, which just means I can order pasta while concurrently complaining about politics. (Not sure there’s anything more Italian though...) I love helping people travel to Italy well, sustainably, and all while supporting local businesses. My niche expertise and passion is food and wine, so you’ll see a focus on the culinary marvels of Italy, which is — gloriously — endless. When I’m not in Italy, I’m either in South Dakota to visit loved ones or off traveling somewhere new, drinking coffee and writing about the things that make us human… and doing the things that make me human. (i.e. making fresh pasta. I make a lot of fresh pasta.) - I intend to ask Jenna to consider reading her poems for us. That, I believe, would give us a whole new dimension to the poems’ content. Straight from Jenna’s heart. In the meantime I’ll present her poetry with the love and appreciation that I feel for it.
Gil Hedley - Poet, Somanaut, Healer, and more...
30-03-2024
Gil Hedley - Poet, Somanaut, Healer, and more...
It’s with great pleasure that I present the work of Gil Hedley - poet, somanaut (inner-space explorer), human anatomy expert, healer, and man of many other skills and talents. Gil gave me permission to bring some of his beautifully written, stimulating, and thought provoking poems to Podcast Poetry Live. To give you an idea of this literary artist here is some of what he reveals about himself on his website at gilhedley.com I started out my adult learning journey at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, studying for my Ph.D. in Theological Ethics. During that time I also became a Certified Rolfer and spent five years studying psychodynamics and energy healing in NYC; I have been an avid student of personal and spiritual development my whole life. My combined interests and training has supported my personal exploration of the human body and led me to develop an integral approach to the study of human anatomy. Over the past 27 years, I have led hundreds of hours of Hands-On Human Dissection Workshops in the laboratory. Through this in-person work, as well as keynote presentations and online programs, I have encouraged thousands of fellow "somanauts" to appreciate, explore, and embody the wonders of the human form. From his youtube channel – Somanaut I believe that the dictum "Know thyself" can partly be fulfilled through knowledge of human anatomy. As somanauts, dedicated to exploring inner space, we can expand our human potential exponentially. In this episode I read four of Gil’s poems, one from each of the four parts of his collection named The Seeming Space. They are: The Creator Aches from Coming into Form (Part 1) Feeling Good from Coming into Form (Part 2) If You Wait from Beyond the Leaving Crack That Shell from The Seeming Space The Seeming Space can be downloaded from Gil’s website, and contains over 100 high-quality poems, written over a decade. The preface to the collection summarises it succinctly - The words that follow come in shifting voices, which together reflect a story about our coming into form. Sometimes “source” speaks comfort, or counsel, or challenge, always with tender love. At other times the “petty time and place personality” cries out for solace, and finds it within. May you as well.