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Poems on the Underground

Reading with Lorna Goodson and Nii Ayikwei Parkes at Keats House.

The chosen poems for 2013, celebrating 150 years of the London Underground, included:

'Vacillation' by the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats, a moving personal account of the experience of a solitary man in wartime London (1915) 

  • 'Stations' by Londoner Connie Bensley, with her typical humour describing modern love on the Northern Line 

  • 'Gherkin Music' by the award-winning London poet Jo Shapcott, capturing the iconic shape of the modernist City building in a celebration of architecture, science, poetry, and music 

  • 'Barter' by Nii Ayikwei Parkes, a poignant account of a young Ghanaian immigrant longing for human contact, finding his way in a cold London winter 

  • 'Bam Chi Chi La La: London', 1969 by Lorna Goodison, describing the dreams of a Jamaican teacher working as a charwoman in the West End. The title refers to a popular Jamaican children's rhyme

They were displayed on tube carriages for passengers to enjoy.

Earlier Event: March 13
Jo Shapcott & Friends
Later Event: March 19
Step Inside