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John Cooper Clarke

Roger McGough is joined by John Cooper Clarke, who shares a selection of his favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests.

Roger McGough is joined by John Cooper Clarke, with a selection of his favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listeners' requests. His choices include requests for poems by Sir Henry Newbolt, Rudyard Kipling, Sylvia Plath, and Pam Ayres.

Occasionally described as the Poet Laureate of Punk, John Cooper Clarke has performed in many guises; rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator and reluctant national treasure. Ahead of the release of a new poetry collection, 'The Luckiest Guy Alive', his first in 37 years, he shares his love of classic verse, some newly-penned poems and his hilarious musings on life.

Producers: Elliott Prince and Sarah Addezio.

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 4 Aug 2018 23:30

This Week's Poems

 

Vitai Lampada

By Sir Henry Newbolt

From The Faber Book of War Poetry

Published by Faber & Faber

 

Tommy

By Rudyard Kipling

From The Definitive Edition of Rudyard Kipling’s Verse

Published by Hodder and Stoughton

 

Woodman Spare That Tree

By Phil Harris  (original by George Pope Morris)

From the album Phil Harris – His Original and Greatest

Label:  Jasmine Records

 

Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth

By Pam Ayres

From Pam Ayres - The Works: The Classic Collection

Published by BBC Books

 

Shave Off

By John Cooper Clarke

From The Luckiest Guy Alive

Published by Pan MacMillan

 

The Bells

Edgar Allan Poe

From The Raven and Other Poems

Published by Dover Publications, Inc.

 

The Disquieting Muses

By Sylvia Plath

From Sylvia Plath Collected Poems

Published by Faber & Faber

 

John Cooper Clarke – 21 Gun Salute Suit

From The Luckiest Guy Alive

Published by Pan MacMillan

 

 

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Presenter Roger McGough
Interviewed Guest John Cooper Clarke
Producer Elliott Prince
Producer Sarah Addezio

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