AD 176 | Pádraig Ó Tuama
“The Gentle Language”

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian from Ireland whose poetry and prose has been published widely across Ireland, the US and the UK. He presents Poetry Unbound with On Being, a hugely successful podcast where he explores a single poem. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing, this podcast had more than a million downloads of its first season. The second season starts 28th September. Mondays and Fridays for twelve weeks.

Show Notes:
  • What Padraig’s poem means to him, reflecting back on it
  • Life being circular
  • Padraig’s writing process
  • The beauty in the confluence of various things coming together
  • Padraig’s roots within writing poetry
  • Embracing the flourishing of life 
  • Isolation within artists
  • The “peasant poet”
  • Cultural conflict
  • Shelter and the shadow
  • Leaning into self-discovery within our life
  • Considering things that have been ingrained within us and actively challenging their purpose within our live
  • Poetry being the unfolding of the unexpected
  • Finding beauty within the imperfections
  • Being interested in looking
  • Meditation within daily life

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Posted 09.23.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino