Today, Thursday's Three brings you a trio of videos produced for the "I Am a Poet" series for National Poetry Day, October 8, 2015, in the United Kingdom. Sponsored by Forward Arts Foundation, this year's 21st anniversary celebration aims to encourage everyone to live, speak, love, think, dream, and act like a poet (see "Make Like a Poet"). . . at least for 24 hours. In addition to films and recordings, posters, wallpapers, fliers, and other creative materials are accessible online.
The National Poetry Day theme is light, and that is reflected also in the anthology Light: A National Poetry Day Book.
✭ In the video below, actor Sean Bean reads "Notes on the Art of Poetry" by Dylan Thomas. Kathleen Herbert made the film.
✭ This second short features physicist Stephen Hawking reading Sarah Howe's "Relativity"; Howe wrote the poem for Hawking. The film was made by artist Bridget Smith.Sarah Howe Website
✭ For today's third film, actor Samantha Morton reads Persian poet Hafez's "My Brilliant Image". Turner-prize-winner Laure Prouvost made the film.
National Poetry Day on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
If you're on Twitter or FaceBook today and want to share your own poetic pieces, whether words, images, or video, use the hashtag #nationalpoetryday.