The Poetry Podcast with Lance Pierson is a show dedicated to bringing poetry to life.

Each episode will feature one or more poems that Lance thinks needs to be heard. Sometimes there will be be comment and explanation to go with them.

Both old and new poems will be featured. But Lance often majors on being something of a Dead Poets’ Spokesman – giving a voice to those no longer with us.

Every 3 or 4 episodes Lance would like to feature poems chosen by you. Please do leave a comment on an episode page or on Youtube where you can also find the show.

Lance Pierson is an actor and professional poetry performer. He is heavily involved with both the Betjeman and Hopkins Societies and continues to make recordings of their poetry. He continues to lead guided poetry walks around London as well as helping with the Hammersmith and Fulham Poetry Enjoyment Group.

Lance has made several CDs of his one-man shows and poetry performances. Find them here.

The image on the home page of the site is a paving stone from London’s South Bank. It shows the first verse of Wordsworth’s poem ‘Remembrance of Collins.’ Here are the lines:

Glide gently, thus for ever glide,
O Thames! that other Bards may see
As lovely visions by thy side
As now, fair River! come to me.
O glide, fair Stream! for ever so,
Thy quiet soul on all bestowing,
Till all our minds for ever flow
As thy deep waters now are flowing.

Did you know that there are four paving stones with poem extracts on the walkway near the Festival Hall? They are left over from a larger number when the area was built for the Festival of Britain in 1951.