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Caroline Bird

Roger McGough is joined by poet Caroline Bird, who shares a selection of her favourite poems from amongst listeners' requests.

Roger McGough is joined by the poet Caroline Bird, who shares a selection of her favourite poems from the Poetry Please archive of listener requests. Her choices include poems by Selima Hill, Ada Limon, Tomas Transtromer, Luke Kennard, Carolyn Forche and Terrance Hayes.

Caroline Bird is a poet and playwright. She has five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and The Ted Hughes Award. A two time winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was 15. She won a major Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001 and the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010. She was one of the five official poets at the 2012 London Olympics. She is currently working on her sixth poetry collection.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

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Sat 9 Mar 2019 23:30

This Week's Poems


Public Resource

By Caroline Bird  

Taken from ‘In These Days of Prohibition’

Published by Carcanet



By Selima Hill

Taken from ‘Gloria: Selected Poems’

Published by Bloodaxe


The Fragrant Cloud

by James Tate

Taken from ‘Return to the City of White Donkeys’

Published by Ecco


The Song Must be Cultural Clear

by Terrance Hayes

Taken from ‘American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin’

Published by Penguin



By Tomas Transtromer

Translated by Robin Fulton

Taken from ‘New Collected Poems’

Published by Bloodaxe


The Colonel

By Carolyn Forche

Taken from ‘The Country Between Us’

Published by Harper Perennial


What I Didn’t Know Before

By Ada Limon

Taken from ‘The Carrying’

Published by Milkweed Editions


Crow Baby

By Luke Kennard

Published online in The Scores Journal


Distant Regard

By Tony Hoagland

Taken from ‘Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God’

Published by Bloodaxe



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