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Capture your poetry.

We want you to have the opportunity to join the Poetry Archive collections by recording yourself reciting or reading your poem out loud and sending it to us to care for and share worldwide.

Be part of a unique digital collection.

20 poets will be chosen to join the Poetry Archive Now! WordView 2022 Collection and hundreds more will be curated, archived and shared in our YouTube collections with the millions of people who visit and love the Archive.

Connect with new audiences.

Poetry offers a vital reflection of the age we live in. We would love you to join our collections to offer inspiration, comfort and the sheer lift-of-spirits which listening to fantastic poetry being read out loud can bring.

Need some inspiration?

UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage shows how it’s done – he made this video for us in 2020 from his garden.

“Home-made film (daughter on phone-camera) of me reading Lockdown, in the garden, in the West Yorkshire Pennines, on a fresh spring day. First day proper of the emergency measures, but the blue tits and the buzzard in the background obviously hadn’t heard about the restrictions on movement, gatherings and vitality. And the sun was reliably in its proper position at the given hour.”

Award winning poet, Roger Robinson, also reads his unpublished poem called ‘A Conversation About Meat During The Plague'.

And if that's not enough to get you inspired, try visiting the WordView 2020 winners collection here.

“The Poetry Archive has always been a trusted source of recordings of poetry which can be enjoyed online around the clock. This initiative opens up our archiving expertise and capacity to provide another world-wide platform for poets and offer a permanent legacy for their work. Our audiences will also gain access to wonderful poems and find out more about the poets who created them."