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Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems on the theme of work, from the meaningful days to the monotonous routine.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems on the theme of work; praising meaningful days, night shifts and tool boxes. Today's programme features poets Liz Berry, William Letford and Caleb Parkin reading their own works, and others from Carolyn Wells, Phillip Levine and U. A Fanthorpe.

Producer: Eliza Lomas.

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 3 Jun 2017 23:30

This Week's Poems

 

Nailmaking

By Liz Berry

From Black Country, Chatto & Windus

Published by Chatto

 

Daily Wages

By Amrita Pritam

Translated by Charles Brash

From Soul Food

Published by Bloodaxe Books

 

Leisure (from Songs of Joy and Others)

By WH Davies

From A Book of Nature Poems

Published by Viking Press

 

The Workbox

By Thomas Hardy

From The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy

Published by Macmillan

 

Domestic Work 1937

By Natasha Tretheway

From Domestic Work

Published by Graywolf Press

 

Worker

By William Letford

From Bevel

Published by Carcanet Press

 

Fired With Enthusiasm

By Roger McGough

 

You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly

By U. A. Fanthorpe

From U.A Fanthorpe – Collected Poems 1978-2003

Published by Peterloo Poets

 

Routine

By Arthur Guitarman

From Good Poems, selected by Garrison Keillor

Published by Penguin

 

The Desktop Metaphor

by Caleb Parkin 

Unpublished

 

Chair

By Lorraine Mariner

From Furniture

Published by Picador

 

What Work is

By Philip Levine

Stranger to Nothing

Published by Bloodaxe Books

 

An Overworked Elocutionist

By Carolyn Wells

From An Overworked Elocutionist

Published by Iron Rabbit Bindery

 

The Night Shift

By Oliver Reynolds

From The Oslo Tram

Published by Faber and Faber

 

Be Prepared

By William Letford

From Bevel

Published by Carcanet Press

 

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