5 Jul 2015

Book Group poems 3 July 2015

'Cargoes' by John Masefield (RS)

Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amethysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.

'Adlestrop' by Edward Thomas (KS)

'In a Station of the Metro', haiku by Ezra Pound, 1885 - 1972

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; 
Petals on a wet, black bough.

'A cold coming' by Tony Harrison, 1991 (PR)

The Guardian ran this specially commissioned poem by Tony Harrison in 1991

'Kung-Fu International' by John Cooper Clarke

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