A new set of poems will be circling London Underground trains throughout November. As the year draws to a close, poems by the Scottish makar Jackie Kay and the distinguished Jamaican poet Linton Kwesi Johnson celebrate the enduring value of our closest human relationships. And well-loved poems by Keats and Hopkins, alongside new poems by Laurel Prizewinners Seán Hewitt and Sean Borodale, remind us of the glory and fragility of the natural world.
The poems featured in November:
The final stanza of Inversnaid by Gerard Manley Hopkins. While Hopkins served as a priest in Glasgow, he visited the famous wetlands of Inversnaid, now a Nature Reserve.
The last stanza of Keats’s poem To Autumn, as moving today as it was when Keats wrote it two hundred years ago, in the knowledge that he had not long to live.
Beacon of Hope by Linton Kwesi Johnson (for his close friend and mentor, John La Rose)
Leaf by Seán Hewitt
Hot Bright Visionary Flies by Sean Borodale
Promise by Jackie Kay
You can see the rest of This Month’s Poems here