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Poems for Dark Days

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems for the dark days of winter and for times of political or personal darkness.

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems for dark days: poems to get you through the saggy bit of the year between Christmas and spring, to sustain us during the dark days of late winter, and to bring comfort and cheer (whether our dark days be actual, personal or political). Listener requests for poems by Raymond Carver, Kathleen Jamie, WH Auden, Emily Dickinson and many more are read by Siobhan Redmond and Peter Marinker.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 4 Feb 2017 23:30

This Week's Poems



By Bertolt Brecht

Translated by John Willett

From Bertolt Brecht Poems 1913-1956

Published by Methuen


Hope is the thing with feathers

By Emily Dickinson

From The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Published by Faber


September 1st 1939

By WH Auden

From Another Time

Published by Random House


Try to Praise the Mutilated World

By Adam Zagajewski

From Without End: New and Selected Poems

Published by Farrar Strauss Girroux


The Work

by Allen Grossman

From The Ether Dome and Other Poems: New and Selected (1979-1991)

Published by New Directions Publishing



By W E Henley

From The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900

Published by Oxford University Press


Against a Wen

(Anglo Saxon Charm)


Translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland

From The Anglo Saxon World – An Anthology

Published by Oxford University Press


Late Fragment

By Raymond Carver

From A New Path to the Waterfall

Published by Atlantic Books


This Morning

By Raymond Carver

From All of Us

Published by Harvill Press


I thank You God for most this amazing

By ee cummings

From EE Cummings Complete Poems 1904-1962

Published by Liveright


February, not everywhere

By Norman MacCaig

From the Poems of Norman MacCaig

Published by Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited


There Are Days

By John Montague

From There are Days by John Montague

Published by Wake Forest University Press.



By Kathleen Jamie

From Jizzen

Published by Picador


The Door

By Miroslav Holub

Translated by Ian Milner

Poems Before & After: Collected English translations

Published by Bloodaxe



By Sister Mary Agnes

From Harvest

Published by Guillemot Press


The Living Proof

By Roger McGough



Role Contributor
Presenter Roger McGough
Reader Siobhan Redmond
Reader Peter Marinker
Producer Mair Bosworth


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