Best Poems on the Underground
The now familiar poem posters first appeared in London's tube and underground trains in 1986. The idea was simple enough: why not convert the empty advertising space above the passenger's heads into a simple celebration of the poetry that has underscored English literature for a thousand years or more? The poems soon caught the public's imagination. Here on the trains there was at last something different, words to soothe, inspire, move, charm, surprise, arouse, even occasionally to shock, but never to sell. This latest anthology brings together the best of all of them in a single volume. You can turn the pages and find limericks, great works of romantic poetry, ancient Gallic texts, Spike Milligan nesting alongside Dylan Thomas. As a journey of literary discovery, old favourites alongside the new, this much travelled collection of exceptional poetry has no equal.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 128 x 196 x 28mm | 281.23g
- 01 Nov 2010
- Orion Publishing Co
- Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
About Gerard Benson
Three compilers who alone determine the selection of poems: Gerard Benson is a writer, teacher and performer, and a member of the Barrow Poets. He has several anthologies to his name and spent a year as Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust. He lives in Bradford. Judith Chernaik, originally from Brooklyn, has lectured at British, American and European universities; she has lived in London for thirty years. Cicely Herbert is also a member of the Barrow Poets and has written several performance pieces with music by Jim Parker. She lives in London.
The perfect anthology to while away a tedious Tube journey -- Brandon Robshaw INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY takes the reader on a curious emotional journey from page to page BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH Equally enjoyable at home as on the way to work CATHOLIC HERALD