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Narrative Verse
with an Attitude

Dramatic Recitations
of Venerated Poems
that Stir the Heart,
Fire the Soul and
Pique the Intellect

Original Works

Website last updated: 24-Oct-2022

Peter on Deck
Peter Thomas as "The Live Bard"
Now in His 17th Year!
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Live at the University of Minnesota Duluth July 11, 2022

Performing at the campus of the Univ. of Minn., Duluth in a Show Entitled:
"Even More Poems for People Who Hate Poetry"
July 11, 2022


Reciting at Miramar Beach 2019
(Photo 2019 by: JAB IntraMedia)

A somber moment from The Live Bard's performance of:
"Convivial Eccentricity"
at the 2019 Northwest Florida Theatre Festival May 16, 2019


Click on the link below to View
"Emerald Coast Magazine" Article on the Live Bard


The Live Bard
is a wandering performer who renders
dramatic recitations of the venerated
works of celebrated dead poets

Alfred Tennyson     Rudyard Kipling
W. H. Auden          Edgar Allen Poe
Ambrose Bierce           Hilaire Belloc
Charles Baudelaire
Sir William Schwenk Gilbert
Roald Dahl          George R. Sims
Robert W. Service
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Edward Arlington Robinson
Alfred Noyes      Lewis Carroll
Charles Bukowski
H. Antoine D'Arcy
William Shakespeare
& Many Others
as well as
His Own Curmudgeonly Musings
on the Vicissitudes of Contemporary Life

(Click on the hightlighted names above
for sample texts of recitations.
Please note that these host sites may
modify or delete their content
without our knowledge.)


Available for public or private performances.
There is only one Live Bard .
Accept NO substitutes !

the Live Bard at Spring Green

The Live Bard,
Performing at Spring Green, Wisconsin, 2008



During the span of human existence prior to the advent of the printing press, storytellers wandered Eurasia, recounting the fables of alternately benevolent or vengeful gods, or the heroic sagas and hapless yarns of mortal human beings.

It was through these itinerant performers, or “bards,” that ancient or medieval communities could learn of the legends of their age: The caprice of deities on Mount Olympus, the exploits of the Trojan Wars, or, as the centuries progressed, the epic poems of Beowulf or Siegfried, and the gallantry of King Arthur's knights.

As wandering entertainers, bards had knowledge of cities and lands that rural folk, bound to the soil, could never hope to experience. Accordingly, a bard was welcomed by villagers as a novelty; he was both a provider of news and a purveyor of dreams, and his historical or mythological accounts offered momentary escape from the daily routine of mundane existence.

It is in this spirit that the Live Bard travels about today, reciting dramatic tales that appeal to all ages.  People from all walks of life still enjoy live performances of narrative verse, those chronicles of real or imaginary events that often utilize the prosodic tools of meter and rhyme to convey their captivating tales.

We hope to see you soon.


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