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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 January 2012

Roger McGough with poetry requests read by Catherine Cusack and Patrick Romer.The stillness of winter is set ablaze with poems by Tomas Tranströmer, W.B. Yeats and Moniza Alvi.

The hush of winter lingers for miles in Robert Frost's famous poem 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'. Robin Robertson reads his poem about the rumbling power of a frozen lake, and there's another poem about the sounds of weather by Janet Frame. There are also plenty of colourful poetic interventions, with a poem of adolescent love in Gary Soto's 'Oranges', cockerels 'cleaving the darkness' in a poem by Edward Thomas, and a man wearing red shoes like volcanoes dances his way through the weekend.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

  • This week's poems

    Introduction to Poetry
    By Billy Collins
    From Sailing Alone Around the Room
    Pub: Random House

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    By Robert Frost
    From The Poetry of Robert Frost
    Pub: Jonathan Cape

    Rain on the roof
    By Janet Frame
    From Storms Will Tell – Selected Poems
    Pub: Bloodaxe

    Signs on a White Field
    By Robin Robertson
    From The Wrecking Light
    Pub: Picador

    The New House
    By Edward Thomas
    From Edward Thomas - The Annotated Collected Poems
    Pub: Bloodaxe

    By Edward Thomas
    From Edward Thomas - The Annotated Collected Poems
    Pub: Bloodaxe

    Presents from my Aunts
    By Moniza Alvi
    From Split World – Poems 1990-2005
    Pub: Bloodaxe

    Fire Graffiti
    By Tomas Transtromer
    Translated by Robin Robertson
    From The Deleted World
    Pub: Enitharmon Press

    By Gary Soto
    From A Fire in My Hands
    Pub: Harcourt

    By Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    From Dante Gabriel Rossetti – Collected Writings
    Pub: New Amsterdam Books

    He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
    By W B Yeats
    From The Collected Poems of W B Yeats
    Pub: Palgrave

    Johnny's Lacing up his Red Shoes
    By Cornelius Eady
    From Victims of the Latest Dance Craze
    Pub: Ommation Press

    Pied Beauty
    By Gerard Manley Hopkins
    From Hopkins – Poems and Prose
    Pub: Everyman

    Red Geranium and Godly Mignonette
    By D H Lawrence
    From D H Lawrence – Complete Poems
    Pub: Penguin

    By Edward Thomas
    From Edward Thomas - The Annotated Collected Poems
    Pub: Bloodaxe

    I Leave This at Your Ear
    By WS Graham
    From Sounds Good – 101 Poems to Be Heard
    Pub: Faber


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