Paige Lewis reads “You Can Take Off Your Sweater, I’ve Made Today Warm”


Hi, my name is Paige Lewis and I’m going
to read my poem “You Can Take Off Your Sweater, I’ve Made Today Warm”, and when I was writing this poem I wanted to see what
would happen to a speaker if they were disobeyed.

74 thoughts on “Paige Lewis reads “You Can Take Off Your Sweater, I’ve Made Today Warm”

  1. it is probably improbable, but you guys should really try to get kate tempest on this channel 😀 i really like this poem, as well!

  2. Thank you so much for this channel! My class is doing a poetry unit and it's actually really interesting, and combined with this channel, I think you're right John: I really do like poetry, I just didn't know it yet. I read a bunch of poetry over the weekend while waiting for this next video, and actually I read this poem, too! I think I knew I liked poetry when I was taking a shower last night and had a thought that made me go, "Dang, I really need to reread that poem," just for the feeling it caused (The More Loving One by W. H. Auden). Or maybe it was when, instead of doing my calculus homework yesterday, I sat and read "The Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde out loud to myself (fantastic poem, by the way!). I was just reading whatever I could get my hands on on the Internet, and it was great. Do you have any recommendations for good books of poetry to start with, though? I'm thinking of buying one, but I don't know where to start. (I also really like poetry with a rhyme scheme!)

  3. Great poem. I like the use of line spacing, and I like how the narrator wants to care for the woman but is completely unable to understand how. I liked the use of the word "glisten" as well, as the narrator tries to impress and provide, when clearly that word should be "listen" if they were truly a good caretaker.

  4. I was starting to think this channel wasn't for me. Not to speak poorly of anyone's content, but the way my mind tends to wander can make it difficult to take in everything that's being read to me. But this, this is the first poem here that has absolutely captivated me from start to finish, and I find myself at the end of it simply stunned.

  5. Wow, this is complicated! The speaker in the poem is a mix of controlling and genuinely caring for the person running away. At the end I think the speaker is genuinely concerned, like, “Wait! You might not be ready for an environment I haven’t created specifically for you!”

  6. I like the poem, but I don't like the way she reads it. I know it's her poem, but the intonation seems wrong at several moments.

  7. Who are the 2 men in the poem, the 2 astronauts? I can feel the desperation in the speakers voice as the subject of the poem leaves, but who are the 2 men who are coming down? Thoughts?

  8. What if it's cold <3
    I love how this can both be a caring but not quite comprehending narrator or an uncaring angry narrator (kind of reminiscent of the type of person who would tack on a "bitch" after the final sentence.) 😀

  9. This poem, to me, sounds like a commentary on the life of a very beautiful woman that has everything ready to be given to her, but she doesn't want it.

  10. Most of the poem felt like something that's just there barely below the surface. But then the "what if it's cold" made me very much Feel Things out of nowhere. 💛💛💛

  11. Such an interesting and captivating reading.

    You really brought the words off the page and into the air around me.

  12. I really recommend Savannah Brown's poetry. She had a YouTube channel full of it and I think it would be really cool if she was able to read one of her poems here😁

  13. Even though it appears the narrator is an all knowing watcher or suitor for the woman, that last line made me think of my parents and the idea of wanting the best for your children but they don’t listen and the frustration and worry that brings. I had a tougher time with this one but the nuggets I pulled for myself were totally worth having a listen.

  14. usually following along with the words as the speaker reads helps me to understand the poem better. but for this one, I got really confused. then I just closed my eyes and listened to it, and it began to make sense.

    the speaker can give the woman anything- but it's not what she wants. she doesn't want things handed to her on a silver platter. she doesn't want to be coddled. she doesn't want to be smothered. she doesn't want two random men she doesn't know, idolizing her so much that they abandon their livelihoods for her. because they are being foolish, and do they really know her? or do they just see their own desires projected onto her?
    maybe she wants a world where she is free to be herself, not treated like a child, or placed on a pedestal. maybe she wants to face hardship so she can learn to provide for herself.

    maybe I'm projecting; maybe I'm supposed to. this poem hit hard.

  15. One thing I quite appreciate about this new channel is that we get to hear the poems directly from the poet. Cadence and tempo can sometimes be an important element.

    I have found that when I've written something a while ago, I'll go back and read it incorrectly the first time through. It takes the second read-through to remember how I meant those words to be read. Perhaps that's an inherent flaw in my own writing or anyone else's that requires a particular cadence for it to flow properly. However, if that's an issue, then perhaps there is a flaw with the poem.

  16. Whoa. That took me on a trip. I love that soft voice and the way the words mive across the page. So many feelings right now!

  17. The narrator’s voice makes this outstanding poem even better. Very thankfully John Green recommended this channel.

  18. I love that poems can evoke a new feeling with how words are spaced, conveying how someone in the poem gets distracted, impatient, wanders off, wanting for more. Wonderful poem, Paige Lewis.
    But a little bit of constructive criticism, if I may: the microphone. It has a modest pop filter, but I'm not sure it's enough because I can hear the wetness of every syllable, every purse of the lips and wet shift of the tongue and it gave me the heebie jeebies to the point that I nearly stopped watching immediately. I had to turn the volume way down and play it on my cheap desk speakers instead of my headphones to minimize the sounds. I'm not an expert in microphones, but perhaps a little more distance, perhaps a foam cap filter. Sorry to complain, it just really squicks me.

  19. This reminded me of Eden – a sense of ultimate bliss, but also emptiness. Sometimes it seems like we arent ever really meant to be happy.

  20. At first I was like, that's such a sweet and lovely title: you can take of your sweater, I've made today warm.
    Now after this poem, it sounds different, controlling. Interesting.

  21. I liked how it all tied into it all and how the dear thing was used, I wish i could have seen more rythmincy in the way it was being spoken or something to make it move more smoothly.

  22. Quite an interesting free-form poem here. The first part was structured, minus the rhyming, but then suddenly it changes to using somewhat long pit stops and whenever there is a long pause the words are seen to be arranged and spaced far away from each other and there are also lines that have one single word. This is quite common practice. At first it felt kinda abrupt but the poetess managed to quite easily shift from completely structured to completely unstructured.

    As for the interpretation, well, I'm kinda baffled. At first I thought this is a philosophical poem about the girl looking up in the sky and waiting for happiness in life and the poetess telling her that anything she wanted in this world is possible, on account of two astronauts leaving their mission and coming back to meet her. And that she shouldn't forget her sweater, i.e her mind body and emotions and be herself. To not be depressed or something.

    Then again, there are quite a few interpretations and the poetess mentioned at the start she wanted to see, "how the reader reacts upon being disobeyed," from this I take a guess that she meant 'obey'' in a literal sense like she wanted to make a poem that disobeyed in structure and context to see our reaction. And she has purposely made the poem so vague and disorderly for testing us and our reactions. My guess is in truth she never had any message she wanted to convey when composing the poem other than trying to make it a test.

  23. I just realized that it works just as well with an abusive parent as it does with a lover

  24. Is the speaker god? Or at least "a god"? They certainly act like they know whats best, still they get really flustered when the woman disobays. For me the speaker reminds me of my mom, the way her words and her wishes are commanding yet reasurring, how they at the same time give me comfort and fear, and the way i somehow always feel a strong urge, or a need to fight back. My mom is the god i want to stop believing in.

  25. I want to listen to this many more times, and read it on my own in my own voice too…it connected with me

  26. Excuse me if my question is too tech-nerdy, but I love the effect of texts appearing and blurring. How do you do it?

  27. 'One wrote tales of sailors who drowned after mistaking the backs of whales for islands.'

    THAT. is poetry. it's unexpected but so specific, so perfectly worked into the narrative of the rest of the poem, that it feels deeply true.

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