New Poems on the Underground 2006
Twenty years ago, two British poets, Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert, and an American novelist and academic resident in London, Judith Chernaik, had the stunningly simple idea of displaying poetry in the otherwise unsold ad spaces on the Tube cars to bring the art of language and emotion to the travelling public, no strings attached, no previous experience required. It was immediately successful, and the public took to poetry released - perhaps for the first time - from the inhibitions of its academic straightjacket. The changing display of poems, five or so every four months, all beautifully presented on white landscape posters, was soon a fixed part of the London scene, and with it began a whole new public interest in poetry. The first anthology of Poems on the Underground appeared in 1991; this new collection continues the anthology still further, into 2006, and is an extended version of last year's New Poems on the Underground, which took the collection to the end of 2004. The new poems will include work by David Constantine, Thomas Hardy, Richard Lovelace ('Stone walls do not a prison make') and numerous others not yet selected.As always, some will be old, some new, some will be from American or Commonwealth writers, but all will celebrate the infinite beauty of the English language.
- Paperback | 144 pages
- 136 x 214 x 18mm | 199.58g
- 26 Jan 2006
- Orion Publishing Co
- Cassell Reference
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Introduction; The Poems; Acknowledgements; Index of Poets; Index of First Lines; A Note of Thanks
'This collection of the latest batch is pure delight. The poems are a challenging mixture... Old friends come up as fresh as dasies in this context, alongside the foreign, the obscure and the plain puzzling. And they are even better read in an armchair.' THE TIMES
About Gerard Benson
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, like Gerard, a member of the Barrow Poets and has written several performance pieces with music by Jim Parker. She lives in London. Three compilers who alone determine the selection of poems: Judith Chernaik - American academic and from Brooklyn, now a London resident. Gerard Benson - widely published professional poet, gives regular poetry performances, an original Barrow Poet, lives in Bradford. Cicely Herbert - widely published, London resident, also a Barrow Poet. EDITOR BIOGRAPHY: Three compilers who alone determine the selection of poems: Judith Chernaik - American academic from Brooklyn, now a London resident. Gerard Benson - widely published professional poet, gives regular poetry performances, lives in Bradford. Cicely Herbert - widely published, London resident, also professional poet.