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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 September 2011

Roger McGough presents a selection of favourite poetry requests, read by Paul Mundell and Mark Meadows.
Today's programme includes two tense cradle songs by Louis MacNeice, poems about significant pauses by Paul Muldoon and Jean Sprackland, and two wonderful pieces of distinctly Welsh verse. Singer, 6 music presenter, and poetry lover Cerys Matthews reads a poem by the miner turned poet Idris Davies that's a clever take on the Welsh National Anthem. 'Welsh Incident' by Robert Graves captures a fantastically odd conversation, and there are other surreal offerings from Jules Renard and Günter Grass.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

  • This week's poems

    Cradle Song for Miriam
    by Louis MacNeice
    From Louis MacNeice – Collected Poems
    Pub: Faber and Faber

    by Gunter Grass, tr Christopher Middleton
    From Poems of Gunter Grass
    Pub: Penguin

    by Jean Sprackland
    From Tilt
    Pub: Cape

    A Ship, An Isle, A Sickle Moon
    by James Elroy Flecker
    From Selected Poems of James Elroy Flecker
    Pub: Rowan Books

    Land of my Mothers
    by Idris Davies
    From Collected Poems of Idris Davies
    Pub: Gomerian Press

    The Stopped Train
    by Jean Sprackland
    From Tilt
    Pub: Cape

    Echoes Sound Afar
    by Roger McGough
    From Roger McGough – Collected Poems
    Pub: Penguin

    by Paul Muldoon
    From Hay
    Pub: Faber and Faber

    by John Masefield
    From The Collected Poems of John Masefield
    Pub: William Heinemann Ltd

    On the Road
    by Peter Sansom
    From Peter Sansom – Collected Poems
    Pub: Carcanet

    The Nanny Goat
    by Jules Renard
    Translated by Richard Stokes
    From Jules Renard – Histoires Naturelles
    Pub: Oneworld Classics Ltd

    Welsh Incident
    by Robert Graves
    From Robert Graves – Complete Poems Volume 2
    Pub: Carcanet

    Field Day
    by W R Rodgers
    From 20th Century Irish Poems
    Pub: Faber and Faber

    Cradle Song for Eleanor
    by Louis MacNeice
    From Louis MacNeice – Collected Poems
    Pub: Faber and Faber


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