Poetry 2012: The Written World

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20120821

On a Stairway in Luang Prabang Granted by Bryan Thao Worra is a poem from Laos about the steps to a temple. Luang Prabang is a city in north central Laos, well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. The poem was translated by Kongkeo Saycocie and is read by Khanthieng Muongphene, a lecturer in engineering from Laos.

20120821

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Laos read by Khanthieng Muongphene.

20120829

A poem to capture the spirit of every nation competing at the 2012 Games.

Andorra: Keiran Ure20120802

From Andorra, the urge to experience life can be stronger than the urge to write as in The Moon and Spring by Teresa Colom. The poem was translated by Anna Crowe and is read by Keiran Ure who grew up in Andorra.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Andorra: Keiran Ure20120802

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Andorra read by Keiran Ure.

Aruba : Lenore Bell20120830

From the small island of Aruba in the Southern Carribean Sea, Lenore Bell reads from 'We Continue' by Lasana M Sekou which reflects the linguistic mix on the island and features both English and Spanish in the poem.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Aruba : Lenore Bell20120830

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Aruba read by Lenore Bell.

Benin: Diane Flanda20120813

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Benin read by Diane Flanda.

Benin: Diane Flanda20120813

Agoh-o, the Children's Nation by Colette Houéto is a poem from Benin translated by Janis A. Mayes. The poem is read by Diane Flanda, an interpreter and translator who lives in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Bolivia: Bibiana Tellez-Garside20120827

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Bolivia is read by Bibiana Tellez-Garside. It is called

The Yellow House by Maria Soledad Quiroga

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Bolivia: Bibiana Tellez-Garside20120827

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Bolivia read by Bibiana Tellez-Garside.

Botswana: Keitumetse Letsholo20120816

The Bushmen are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa, but their traditional way of life is under threat in the modern era. 'Bushwoman Stands Here...', by an anonymous poet, captures both the strength and fragility of a Bushwoman standing with her child under a timeless starry sky. It was read, in Edinburgh, by Keitumetse Letsholo

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Botswana: Keitumetse Letsholo20120816

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Botswana read by Keitumetse Letsholo.

Brazil: Fernanda da Silva20120907

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Brazil is read by Fernanda da Silva.

It's called Infancy by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Brazil: Fernanda da Silva20120907

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Brazil, read by Fernanda da Silva.

Brunei Darussalam: Tiong Hoo Lim20120726

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Brunei Darussalam read by Tiong Hoo Lim.

Brunei Darussalam: Tiong Hoo Lim20120726

Adi Rumi's poem from Brunei Darussalam extends a hand to the neighbouring countries hit by the tsunami. The poem is read by Tiong Hoo Lim who is in the UK studying for a Phd.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Cambodia: Rathanaksambath Noun20120907

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem is from Cambodia, it's called Bung Kriel (Where the Cranes meet)

by U Sam Ouer and read by Mr. Rathanaksambath Noun

Poetry 2012 - the Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Cambodia: Rathanaksambath Noun20120907

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Cambodia.

Canada: Tracey James20120803

TV Hockey by Anne Wilkinson highlights the national institution of ice hockey in Canada. The poem is read by teacher Tracey James who lives in Livingston.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Canada: Tracey James20120803

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Canada read by Tracey James.

Cape Verde: Jill Delgado20120726

Prelude by Jorge Barbosa takes us back to life on Cape Verde before its discovery by the Portuguese in the 15th century. The poem was translated by Ana-Maria Maguire and Robyn Marsack and is read by Jill Delgado whose husband was a Welsh-Cape Verdean.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Cape Verde: Jill Delgado20120726

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Cape Verde read by Jill Delgado.

Cayman Islands: Ashleigh Davis20120815

Celebrating Poetry worldwide, a poem from the Cayman Islands is read by Ashleigh Davis. it's called Last Night I Dreamt by Nasarie Suckoo-Collette

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Cayman Islands: Ashleigh Davis20120815

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from the Cayman Islands read by Ashleigh Davis.

Central African Republic: Catherine Teya.20120830

Today's poem from The Central African Republic is read by Catherine Teya.

Central African Republic: Catherine Teya.20120830

2 Termite Skyscrapers is an anonymous poem from the Central African Republic which relies heavily on the oral tradition of storytelling and doesn't have a strong poetry tradition. The poem is read by Catherine Teya who was born in the Central African Republic and now works as a Paralegal in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Chad: Amos Oumounabidji20120727

The poem for Chad in central Africa considers the Elephant. Yet the Infanta of Salmanca (unfashionable considerations of the elephant) by Nimrod was translated by Patrick Williamson and is read by Amos Oumounabidji.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Chad: Amos Oumounabidji20120727

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Chad read by Amos Oumounabidji.

Chile: Jessica Cleary20120906

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Chile is from Lazybones by Pablo Neruda.

It's read by Jessica Cleary who was brought up in Santiago

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Chile: Jessica Cleary20120906

Celebrating poetry worldwide with poem from Chile - Lazybones by Pablo Neruda.

Costa Rica: Rafael Castro20120824

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Costa Rica is read by Rafael Castro - it's called I am Man by Jorge Debravo.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Costa Rica: Rafael Castro20120824

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Costa Rica read by Rafael Castro.

Egypt: Mostafa Rizk20120722

The sock seller is captured in Egypt's poem, simply entitled 'Socks' written by Fatima Naoot, translated by Valerie Gillies and read by Mostafa Rizk.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Egypt: Mostafa Rizk20120722

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Egypt read by Mostafa Rizk.

Gabon: Olga Nding20120906

The Little Bird is a traditional folk song from Gabon. This version is by Rolf Italiaander and read by Olga Nding from Gabon who works at the Gabonese Embassy in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Gabon: Olga Nding20120906

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Gabon, read by Olga Nding.

Germany: Annette Gotzkes20120812

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Germany is ready by Annette Gotzkes. It's called

To Eat of Meat Joyously, writen by Bertolt Brecht.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Germany: Annette Gotzkes20120812

Celebrating poetry worldwide with poem from Germany read by Annette Gotzkes.

Great Britain: Jim Broadbent20120727

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Great Britain read by Jim Broadbent.

Great Britain: Jim Broadbent20120727

A chatty and humorous sparrow, nostalgic and sociable, speaks for the whole of the British Isles in Hedge Sparrows by Richard Price. The poem for Great Britain is read by actor Jim Broadbent.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Guinea: Eric Mauricea20120828

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Timor Leste is read by Luis Corte-Real. It is called Grandfather Crocodile by Zanana Gusmao

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Guinea: Eric Mauricea20120828

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Timor Leste is read by Luis Corte-Real.

Indonesia: Rudi Samson20120818

Eating Together by Li-Young Lee highlights the relevance of family and food for Indonesians. The poem is read by Indonesian Rudi Samson who lives in Edinburgh.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Indonesia: Rudi Samson20120818

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Indonesia read by Rudi Samson.

Israel: Nurit Karol20120806

Returning to Tel Aviv by Karen Alkalay-Gut is read by Nurit Karol from Tel Aviv who is a keen Israeli dancer

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Israel: Nurit Karol20120806

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Israel read by Nurit Karol.

Jamaica: Kei Miller20120805

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Jamaica read by Kei Miller.

Jamaica: Kei Miller20120805

A father digs for a yam while a nightingale sings. A Song for My Father by Dolores Gauntlett is the poem for Jamaica read by poet Kei Miller.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Lesotho: Teboho Mohapi20120904

From Lesotho, The San's Promise by Rethabile Masilo tells of the bushmen forefathers of the country. The poem is read by Teboho Mohapi who works for the Lesotho High Commission.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Lesotho: Teboho Mohapi20120904

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Lesotho read by Teboho Mohapi.

Libya: Khaled El Mayet20120807

Echo & Elixir by Khaled Mattawa is a love poem from Libya read by Khaled El Mayet.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Libya: Khaled El Mayet20120807

Celebrating poetry worldwide with poem from Libya read by Khaled El Mayet.

Macedonia: Arta Geguri20120807

Celebrating poetry worldwide, this poem from Macedonia is read by Arta Geguri and was written by

Ante Popovski

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Macedonia: Arta Geguri20120807

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Macedonia read by Arta Geguri.

Marshall Islands: Veronica Wase20120808

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from the Marshall Islands read by Veronica Wase.

Marshall Islands: Veronica Wase20120808

Celebrating poetry world wide, this poem from the Marshall Islands, written by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner was read by Veronica Wase

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Micronesia: Emelihter Kihleng20120905

I Follow Her is a poem from the Federated States of Micronesia, situated in the Western Pacific Ocean. The poem is written and read by the poet Emelihter Kihleng.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Micronesia: Emelihter Kihleng20120905

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Micronesia, read by Emelihter Kihleng.

Moldova: Olimpia Gribincea20120729

Sleepy Birds by Mihai Eminescu is a poem from Moldova read as a lullabye to help children drift off to sleep. the poem is read by mother of one Olimpia Gribincea.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Moldova: Olimpia Gribincea20120729

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Moldova read by Olimpia Gribincea.

Monaco: Wendy Woodwest20120905

Olive Tree by Rene Stefanelli is a poem from Monaco which reflects the notion of peace. The poem was translated by Kurt Ganzl and John Gallas and is read by Wendy Woodwest, who works in the principality.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Monaco: Wendy Woodwest20120905

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Monaco read by Wendy Woodwest.

Montenegro: Milena Lainovic20120831

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Montenegro read by Milena Lainovic.

Montenegro: Milena Lainovic20120831

And Everything is Suddenly There by Aleksandar Becanovic is a poem written in Montenegran from the country of Montenegro, independent since 2006. The poem is read by Milena Lainovic, who lives in London and works as Managing Director of the country's national airline.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Morocco: Fatima Mourad20120817

'The Brooch' by Mririda n'Ait Attik shows the close bonds of a Moroccan family as a heartbroken woman is comforted by her Grandmother. It's read for us by Fatima Mourad.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Morocco: Fatima Mourad20120817

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Morocco read by Fatima Mourad.

Mozambique: Jessie Hall20120801

Change and progression can be witnessed throughout Mozambique in the poem 3D by Jose Craveirinha read by Jessie Hall, a photographer working in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unqiue picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Mozambique: Jessie Hall20120801

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Mozambique read by Jessie Hall.

Myanmar: Win Maung20120801

Diary by Phone Thet Paing reveals a country shrouded in sunlight. The poem from Myanmar was translated from Burmese by James Byrne and is read by Myanmar Doctor Win Maung who lives in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in versse.

Myanmar: Win Maung20120801

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Myanmar read by Win Maung.

Niger: Penda Diallo20120831

The poem from Niger is called Tagalakoy which is the name given to women whose poverty forces them to sell sand. The poem is by Adamou Ide, translated by Irene Waggener and read by Penda Diallo.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Niger: Penda Diallo20120831

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Niger read by Penda Diallo.

North Korea: Joo Il Kim20120903

For Us, Life by Jang Jin-sung is a poem from North Korea which is read by Joo Il Kim with Youngtak Jeon interpreting.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

North Korea: Joo Il Kim20120903

A poem from North Korea, read by Joo Il Kim.

Palau: Jennifer Anson20120814

Celebrating Poetry worldwide, today's poem from Palau is read by Jennifer Anson, it is an anonymous poem

called the Bungleman and Jennifer explains a little about it

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Palau: Jennifer Anson20120814

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Palau read by Jennifer Anson.

Panama: Javier Stanziola20120806

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Panama read by Dr Javier Stanziola.

Panama: Javier Stanziola20120806

Celebrating poetry world wide,today's poem from Panama is read by Dr Javier Stanziola and was written by poet Ricardo Miro

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Paraguay: Adriana Rodriguez20120904

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem is Encounter with Freedom by Elsa Wiezell, read by Adriana Rodriguez who moved to the UK with her Scottish husband

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Paraguay: Adriana Rodriguez20120904

Celebrating poetry worldwide with the poem Encounter with Freedom.

Philippines: Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson20120802

Poetry in Hiligaynon by Richard John Alayon captures the generosity and hospitality of the Filipinos. The poem is read by Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson who works as an Associate Director for an engineering and project management consultancy in London.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Philippines: Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson20120802

A poem from the Philippines, read by Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson.

Rwanda: Jean Pierre Mugenga20120903

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Rwanda read by Jean Pierre Mugenga.

Rwanda: Jean Pierre Mugenga20120903

A Cock Crows in Rwanda by Edouard Bamporiki is a poem in which the cock (Rusake) crows the troubled story of its country. The poem was translated from the Kinyarwanda by Arlette Marageya and David Shook and is read by Jean Pierre Mugenga who works for The Scottish Refugee Council.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

San Marino: Federico Podeschi20120826

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from San Marino is read by Federico Podeschi. It's called The Tram Journey by Milene Ercolani

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

San Marino: Federico Podeschi20120826

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from San Marino read by Federico Podeschi.

Sao Tome and Principe : Adalberto Cravid20120829

Travellers by Conceicao Lima is from the islands of Sao Tome and Principe in the Gulf of Guinea off the West Coast of Africa, read by native islander Adalberto Cravid.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Sao Tome and Principe : Adalberto Cravid20120829

Today's poem is from the islands of Sao Tome and Principe, read by Adalberto Cravid.

Sierra Leone: Olive Williams20120827

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Sierra Leone read by Olive Williams.

Sierra Leone: Olive Williams20120827

'Careful' is an anonymous poem from Sierra Leone which warns of the consequences of your actions. It is read by Olive Williams who lives in Glasgow.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Slovakia: Ivana Cingel20120819

Ever Northwards defines the universal pull towards home for Slovakian poet Ivan Strpka. The poem was translated by John Minahane and is read by Slovakian Ivana Cingel who lives in Edinburgh with her children and husband who plays for Edinburgh's ice hockey team.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Slovakia: Ivana Cingel20120819

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Slovakia read by Ivana Cingel.

Somalia: Yasmin Sallad20120804

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Somalia is A to Z by Maxamed Xaashi and read by Yasmin Sallad

Poetry 2012 The Written World, a BBC collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Somalia: Yasmin Sallad20120804

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Somalia read by Yasmin Sallad.

St Lucia: Peter Charlery20120813

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from St Lucia is read by Peter Charlery. It's called 54 and is written by Nobel prize winning poet - Derek Walcott

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

St Lucia: Peter Charlery20120813

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from St Lucia read by Peter Charlery.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Yolande Robertson-Greene20120809

Celebrating poetry worldwide with poem from St Vincent and the Grenadines.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Yolande Robertson-Greene20120809

Celebrating poetry world wide, this poem is from St Vincent and the Grenadines is read by Yolande Robertson- Greene, written by Philip Nanton called Punctuation Mark.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Sudan: Mawahib El Tahir20120809

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Sudan read by Mawahib El Tahir.

Suriname: Dez Vyzelman20120823

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Suriname read by Dez Vyzelman.

Suriname: Dez Vyzelman20120823

A True Poem....by Trefossa is a poem from Suriname translated by Vernie A February and read by Dez Vyzelman.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Swaziland: Khululeka Khumalo20120902

Hard Working Women by Msandi Kababa reveals the changes which have taken place in recent years for women in Swaziland. The poem is read by media graduate Kululeka Khumalo.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Swaziland: Khululeka Khumalo20120902

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Swaziland read by Kululeka Khumalo.

Switzerland: Regi Claire20120728

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Switzerland read by Regi Claire.

Switzerland: Regi Claire20120728

A Swiss pocketwatch keepsake tucked inside a handbag is the subject of the poem From the Intestines of a Mystical Dog by Valeria Melchioretto and read by Regi Claire, a Swiss living in Edinburgh.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Syria: Manhal Alnasser20120810

Celebrating poetry worldwideting , today's poem from Syria is read by Manhal Alnasser, it's called

Sleep, written by Lina Tibin

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Syria: Manhal Alnasser20120810

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Syria read by Manhal Alnasser.

Ukraine: Hanna Shelest20120811

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Ukraine is read by Hanna Shelest. It is called

Song 352, by Oleh Lysheha

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaberation with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Ukraine: Hanna Shelest20120811

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Ukraine read by Hanna Shelest.

USA: Matt Hoyne20120908

Walt Whitman hears 'the varied carols' of all the people who contribute to the life and culture of America in I Hear America Singing. The poem is read by Matt Hoyne from Missouri.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

USA: Matt Hoyne20120908

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from the USA read by Matt Hoyne.

Uzbekistan: Mahtuma Ashurov20120724

Dreaming of Bukhara in Uzbekistan is the subject of 'Today I dreamed all day..' by Rauf Parfi. The poem is read by Mahtuma Ashurov who is living in the UK with her family while her husband studies for a PHD.

Poetry 2012 - The Written World, a BBC collaboration with The Scottish Poetry Library, creating a unique picture of the nations of the world in verse.

Uzbekistan: Mahtuma Ashurov20120724

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Uzbekistan read by Mahtuma Ashurov.

Zambia: Kolonde Kasengela20120825

Celebrating poetry worldwide, today's poem from Zambia is read by Kolonde Kasengela.

The poem is called Some Bright Elegance by Kayo Chingonyi

Poetry 2012 - The Written World : A poem to capture the spirit of each competing nation in the 2012 Games.

Zambia: Kolonde Kasengela20120825

Celebrating poetry worldwide with a poem from Zambia read by Kolonde Kasengela.