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05/05/2013

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 05 May 2013

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.

  • 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

    Unpublished

     

    Felix Randal       

    By Gerard Manley Hopkins

    From Hopkins – Poems and Prose

    Publisher: Everyman

     

    Paternoster       

    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

     

    Postcript             

    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

     

     

Credits

Presenter
Roger McGough
Reader
John Mackay
Reader
Leontia Flynn
Reader
Paula Meehan

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