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10/10/2010

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 10 October 2010

Roger McGough introduces a miscellany of requested poems. Autumn. Rain storms. Migrant birds. Anton Lesser and Eleanor Tremain read.

The curious Victorian poet James Henry begins the programme. Elizabeth Jennings and Edwin Muir follow. Peter Reading's radio poem Maritime is at the heart of the edition: blending three stories, the desperate attempts of Odysseus to get home from Troy, a ship wreck in the Atlantic in 1609 and his own birdwatching memories from Hilbre Island.

  • Poems featured in this programme:

    Another and Another and Another
    by James Henry
    From: The New Penguin Book of English Verse
    Pub: Penguin

    Delay
    by Elizabeth Jennings
    From: Poems on the Underground
    Pub: Cassell

    The Horses
    by Edwin Muir
    From: Edwin Muir – Collected Poems
    Pub: Faber

    Maritime
    by Peter Reading
    Specially commissioned for the BBC

    The Child Dying
    by Edwin Muir
    From: Edwin Muir – Collected Poems
    Pub: Faber

    To a Fat Lady Seen From a Train
    by Frances Cornford
    From: Frances Cornford – Selected Poems
    Pub: Enitharmon

    Childhood
    by Frances Cornford
    From: Frances Cornford – Selected Poems
    Pub: Enitharmon

    He Says Goodbye in November
    by Frances Cornford
    From: Frances Cornford – Selected Poems
    Pub: Enitharmon

    Autumn
    By Roy Campbell
    From: The Collected Poems of Roy Campbell
    Pub: The Bodley Head

    Plot
    by Roy Fisher
    From: Standard Midland
    Pub: Bloodaxe

    The Skyline in the Wall Mirror
    by Roy Fisher
    From: Standard Midland
    Pub: Bloodaxe

    Children of Wealth
    by Elizabeth Daryush
    From: The Oxford Book of English Verse
    Pub: Oxford University Press

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