Programming note: Steyn's Song of the Week can now be heard weekly on Serenade Radio, every Sunday at 5.30pm British Summer Time. If you missed today's show, you can hear the repeat at 5.30am Monday UK time - that's 9.30pm Pacific Sunday evening on the West Coast of North America, or Monday lunchtime in Australia.
On this first day of August, welcome to the second of our summer poetry anthologies for this year. Mark's put together a trio of favorite poems, and matched them to some appropriate musical interludes. This is an obliquely political edition, in that there's a poem for Joe Biden's brain - plus the only opera to spark a revolution, very successfully. But Steyn wraps things up with a virtuoso rendering of Kipling's "Mandalay" - and, for those who seek lower pleasures, there is a sixteenth-century flatulence joke.
We hope these forty minutes of words and music provide an alternative perspective on the glum state of the world this Sunday. To listen, simply click above.
If you'd like to catch up with earlier poems in the series, you can find them on our Sunday Poems home page. As with Tales for Our Time and our music specials and The Mark Steyn Show, we've archived Mark's poetry picks in an easy-to-access Netflix-style tile format that we hope makes it the work of moments to prowl around and alight on something that piques your interest of a weekend, whether Blake or Browning.
Steyn's Sunday Poems is a special presentation of The Mark Steyn Club. Mark launched the Steyn Club over four years ago, and we're immensely heartened by all the longtime SteynOnline regulars - from Fargo to Fiji, Madrid to Malaysia, West Virginia to Witless Bay - who've signed up to be a part of it. Membership in The Mark Steyn Club also comes with non-poetic benefits, including:
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