Reading a Poem

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This is something I handed out at the last discussion from the Scottish Poetry Library.  I think it’s a great guide for people who don’t read poetry often or at all.

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Ocean Vuong Reading

Here is Ocean reading at the T.S. Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings. Ocean does not talk until about the 2nd minute. The person introducing him is Ian McMillan

Ocean Vuong Interview

Here is an interview Ocean Vuong did with PBS NewsHour

The Soldier

If I should die, think only this of me:

      That there’s some corner of a foreign field

That is for ever England. There shall be

      In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;

A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,

      Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;

A body of England’s, breathing English air,

      Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,

      A pulse in the eternal mind, no less

            Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

      And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,

            In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

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