Category Archives: Poet’s Day

This week’s poem is “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, a meditation on opportunities.

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This week’s choice is “The Bright Field” by R.S. Thomas. It reminds us that epiphanies come at random and not through seeking.

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This week’s poem is “Walking Away” by Cecil Day-Lewis. It is about the moment when a child begins to learn independence and a parent begins to learn to let go.

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This week’s poem is “Three Ha’pence a Foot” by Marriott Edgar, marking the fact that our traditional English rain dances are having their usual effect on the summer weather.

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This week’s poem is Clive James’s moment of triumph over his unnamed enemy, the humour of which lies in James’s witty description of his schadenfreude derived from the misfortune attending his opponent’s book. But just supposing that such an event should holdSome slight element of sadness, it will be offsetBy the memory of this sweet moment. Clive James (1939—2019) Poem 221. ‘The Book of my Enemy Has Been Remaindered’ The book of my enemy has been remainderedAnd I am pleased.In vast quantities it has been remainderedLike a van-load of counterfeit that has been seizedAnd sits in piles in a police warehouse,My enemy’s much-prized effort sits in pilesIn the kind of bookshop where remaindering occurs.Great, square stacks of rejected books and, between them, aislesOne passes down reflecting on life’s vanities,Pausing to remember all those thoughtful reviewsLavished to no avail upon one’s enemy’s book—For behold, here is that bookAmong these ranks and…

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This week’s poem is “Everything Is Going to Be All Right” by Derek Mahon and is chosen for those I know who are going through tough times at the moment.

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This week’s poem is another by Francis Thompson and celebrates one of our national rain dances: cricket (our other rain dances being Wimbledon and the village fete). It’s also a nod to last weekend’s win for England against New Zealand at Lord’s.

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This week’s poem is by Brian Patten and I have chosen it for Nicola, for her father Lloyd and for my cousin Roger, and for all those who we have lost.

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This week’s choice is “Dane-geld” by Rudyard Kipling: a warning against submitting to the demands of villainous blackmailers.

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This week’s choice is “The Hound of Heaven” by Francis Thompson.
It is a great poem, written by a man who plumbed the depths of Victorian England and chronicles his struggles with, and discovery of, God’s love.

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