Bloom Festival

Welcome to the Exeter Bloom Collection. This collection of poems was chosen by visitors to Exeter Phoenix’s Bloom Festival 2020, an online festival of wellbeing and mental health awareness.  Poetry has a unique quality to give words to our feelings and emotions and light up darker moments of our lives. This collection explores poems chosen for their power to speak to the personal experiences of Bloom’s festival attendees.

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Read by James Fenton

Adlestrop - Edward Thomas - Read by James Fenton
Part of our National Memory Day collection which celebrates poetry and creative writing for people suffering from memory loss.
This. And This - Carole Satyamurti
A poem of encouragement to reach out beyond apparent barriers, limitations, and make contact
Machines - Michael Donaghy
An archetypal poem about regaining a sense of balance and direction. Acknowledged as one of the premier poems written in the 20th century.
Tusitala - Selina Tusitala Marsh
A poem about enabling the self to emerge and live on.
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