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Poetry Please
Sunday 16:30-17:00
Saturday (rpt) 23:00-23:30
The poems you want to hear
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If you'd like to suggest a particular poem for possible inclusion in the programme, contact us - don't forget to tell us why you'd like to hear your choice...
This week
Sunday 2 July 2006
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Roger McGough
Roger McGough introduces a selection of poems chosen by listeners

This is the last in the current series of Poetry Please.  We will be marking John Betjeman's centenary with a special programme on 27th August, and will be returning with a new series in the autumn.

If you would like to be a member of the audience at the Poetry Please 'live' event on Sunday 8th October, please contact The Birmingham Book Festival or email
Featured poems
Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare
From:  The Viking Portable Library
Publ:  Penguin Books

Song - Come we to the Summer by John Clare
From:  The Later Poems of John Clare
Publ: Clarendon Press - Oxford

From: The Barrel-Organ by Alfred Noyes
From:  Ballads and Poems by Alfred Noyes
Publ:  William & Blackwood Sons Ltd

Watering the Flowers by Vernon Scannell
From:  A Time for Fires
Publ:  Robson Books

The Glory of the Garden by Rudyard Kipling
From:  Rudyard Kipling's Verse - The Definitive Edition
Publ:  Hodder and Stoughton

Just in Case by Charlotte Mitchell
From:  Just in Case
Publ:  Souvenir Press

At Grass by Philip Larkin
From:  Collected Poems
Publ: faber and faber

Fecundity by Ros Barber
From:  How Things Are on Thursday
Publ:  Anvil Press Poetry

Strawberries by Edwin Morgan
From:  Collected Poems
Publ:  Carcanet

Going Downhill on a Bicycle by H.C. Beeching
From:  The New Oxford Book of Children's Verse
Publ:  Oxford University Press

Bicycles in Summer by Elizabeth Jennings
From:  Familiar Spirits
Publ:  Carcanet

Adlestrop by Edward Thomas
From:  The Collected Poems
Publ:  Oxford University Press

Unrest by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
From:  Collected Poems of Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Publ:  Leopold B Hill
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