- London, UK
Every season, six poems are selected to be displayed in tube carriages across London.
Below is the Autumn 2012 set of Poems on the Underground. The poems are selected from our new anthology, Poems on the Underground: A New Edition (Particular Books / Penguin 2012), available Nov 1st 2012 from all good bookshops.
The poems are on themes central to the anthology:
LOVE, Two Fragments by Sappho, translated by Cicely Herbert, reprinted by permission of the translator
SEASONS, A song for England, by Andrew Salkey, reprinted by permission of Patricia Salkey
WAR, A Dead Statesman, by Rudyard Kipling, chosen especially to commemorate Armistice Day, from Epitaphs of the War 1914-1918
EXILE AND LOSS, The Emigrant Irish, by Eavan Boland, from New Collected Poems, Carcanet, 2005
MUSIC, Concerto for Double Bass, by John Fuller, from Collected Poems, Chatto 1996
and THE NATURAL WORLD, Swallows, by Owen Sheers, from Skirrid Hill, Seren 2006
Read past releases of Poems on the Underground here
Poems on the Underground, founded in 1986, is supported by London Underground, Arts Council England and the British Council, which distributes the posters to its offices throughout the world.
Poems are selected by the writer Judith Chernaik and poets Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert, with posters designed by Tom Davidson. Copies are available from the Poetry Society and London Transport Museum.