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The Body

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems that celebrate the body in all its forms whether stretched, flabby, swollen or svelte.

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems which celebrate the body in all its forms whether stretched, flabby, swollen or svelte.

Inspired by Walt Whitman's 'I Sing The Body Electric', the programme features poems from Sylvia Plath, Stevie Smith, Sharon Olds and P J Harvey as well as an interview and reading from Andrew McMillan whose first ever poetry collection, 'Physical' won The Guardian First Book Award in 2015.

Readers are Rosie Cavaliero and John Mackay.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 10 Jun 2017 23:30

This Week's Poems

You’re

By Sylvia Plath

From The Bloodaxe Book of 20th Century Poetry

Published by Bloodaxe Books

 

The Face

By Stevie Smith

From Stevie Smith – Collected Poems

Published by New Directions

 

Feet

By Pedro Serrano

Translated by Anna Crowe

From Being Human

Published by Bloodaxe Books

 

The Hand

By P J Harvey

From The Hollow of the Hand

Published by Bloomsbury Circus

 

Yoga

By Andrew McMillan

From Physical

Published by Random House UK

 

Extract from I Sing the Body Electric / Leaves of Grass

By Walt Whitman

From  American Poetry; The Nineteenth Century. Vol. 1

Published by The Library of America

 

Ode to the Penis

By Sharon Olds

From Odes

Published by Jonathan Cape

 

The Vine

By Robert Herrick

From https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/50721

 

Question

By May Swenson

100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century

Published by W. W. Norton

 

The Halving

By Robin Robertson

From Hill of Doors

Publisher: Picador

 

Flesh

By Kerry Hardie

From Being Human

Published by Bloodaxe Books

 

This Living Hand, Now Warm and Capable

By John Keats

From A Book of Love Poetry

Published by Oxford University Press

 

A Dialogue Between the Soul and the Body

By Andrew Marvell

From English Seventeenth-Century Verse; Vol. 1

Published by W. W. Norton

 

 

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Presenter Roger McGough
Reader Rosie Cavaliero
Reader John Mackay
Producer Sarah Addezio

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