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Roger McGough with a varied selection of poetry requests.
Poems of praise to the lowly and the heavenly, including work by George Barker and RS Thomas who were both born one hundred years ago this year. RS Thomas's 'A Marriage' is tender and moving; "We met under a shower of bird notes", and he analyses the powerful stillness of the atmosphere 'In Church.' Poems by another priest poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins also feature, with his sonnet to Felix Randall, which he wrote after the death of a parishioner of his while he was a priest in Liverpool, as well as 'God's Grandeur'. There will be many secular exultations too though, with Les Murray paying homage to the bed, Emily Dickinson to the sea and a paean to the music of Bach by the Swedish poet Lars Gustafsson. With readings by John Mackay and guest poets Leontia Flynn and Paula Meehan.
Producer: Sarah Langan.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 11 May 2013 23:30

This Week's Poems


A Marriage         

By R S Thomas

From R S Thomas – Collected Later Poems 1988-2000

Publisher: Bloodaxe


In Church            

By R S Thomas

From R S Thomas – Selected Poems 1946-1968

Publisher: Granada


Gerard Manley - Hopkins

By Leontia Flynn



Felix Randal       

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

From Hopkins – Poems and Prose

Publisher: Everyman



By Jen Hadfield

From Nigh-No-Place

Publisher: Bloodaxe


Prayer to Saint Grobianus           

By Roger McGough

From Roger McGough – Collected Poems

Publisher: Viking


Homage to the Launching Place

By Les Murray

From Les Murray – Collected Poems

Publisher: Carcanet


My Sister Lets Down Her Hair    

By Paula Meehan

From Dharmakaya

Publisher: Carcanet


To My Mother  

By George Barker

From George Barker – Selected Poems

Publisher: Faber


Cyd Charisse     

By Leontia Flynn

From Profit and Loss

Publisher: Cape Poetry


God's Grandeur               

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

From Hopkins – Poems and Prose

Publisher: Everyman


Exultation is the Going  

By Emily Dickinson

From The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Publisher: Faber



By Seamus Heaney

From The Spirit Level

Publisher: Faber


The Stillness of the World Before Bach  

By Lars Gustafsson

Translated by Philip Martin

From The Stillness of the World Before Bach: New Selected Poems

Publisher: New Directions




Role Contributor
PresenterRoger McGough
ReaderJohn MacKay
ReaderLeontia Flynn
ReaderPaula Meehan