As we mark 35 years of Poems on the Underground, we are delighted to offer tube travellers a summer set of poems by an international range of poets.
These poems can be found on London Underground cars throughout July.
Remembering Summer by the American poet W.S. Merwin, from Garden Time (Bloodaxe Books 2016)
Her Glasses by Pascale Petit, who is of French/Welsh/Indian heritage. Reprinted by permission of Bloodaxe Books from Tiger Girl (2020)
In the Bright Sleeve of the Sky from Deaf Republic (Faber 2019) by Ilya Kaminsky, who lost his hearing at the age of four – born in the Ukraine, emigrated with his family to America
Consider the Grass Growing by the Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. Reprinted from Collected Poems edited by Antoinette Quinn (Allen Lane, 2004) by kind permission of the Trustees of the Estate of the late Katherine B. Kavanagh, through the Jonathan Williams Literary Agency.
An epigram from The Greek Anthology by Anyte of Tegea, translated by David Constantine (‘Midsummer in the leaves there’s a murmuring breath of air’)
Black Ink by the Iraqi poet Fawzi Karim, from Incomprehensible Lesson (Carcanet 2019)
You can see more Poems for July 2021 here