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Roger McGough presents poems to make you glad to be awake, alive and not in prison.

Listeners requests include the moving and uplifting poem 'Things I didn't know i Loved' by Nazim Hikmet; 'The Land of Mists' by the South Korean poet Kim Kwang-kyu; and an extraordinary poem contemplating the kind of miracle Polish poet Piotr Kniecicki would wish for if he could: 'Not Quite Convinced.'

There are also two poems by A E Housman and Slam Poetry champion Hollie McNish performs 'British National Breakfast'.

Roger is joined by readers Alex Lanipekun and Mark Meadows.
Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 22 Jun 2013 23:30

This week's poems

How Clear, How Lovely Bright by A E Housman

From The Collected Poems of A E Housman,

Published by Jonathan Cape


Things I Didn't Know I Loved  

By Nazim Hikmet

Translated by Mutlu Konuk and Randy Blasing 

From Poems of Nazim Hikmet

Published by Persea Books


The Expiation

By Victor Hugo

Translated by Robert Lowell

From World Masterpieces

Published by Englewood Cliffs


The City of the Future

by Velimir Khlebnikov

Translated by Paul Schmidt

From The Collected Works of Velimir Khlebnikov – Selected Poems Vol II

Published by Harvard University Press


The Land of Mists

By Kim Kwang-kyu

Translated by Brother Anthony

From This Same Sky – A Collection of Poems from Around the World

Published by Aladdin Paperbacks


A British National Breakfast

by Hollie McNish



Not Quite Convinced

by Piotr Kniecicki

From Ten of the Best: A Showcase of Poetry 

Published by United Press


Yonder See the Morning Blink

by AE Housman

From The Collected Poems of A E Housman,

Published by Jonathan Cape


Role Contributor
PresenterRoger McGough
ReaderAlex Lanipekun
ReaderMark Meadows
ProducerMary Ward-Lowery