Poems on the Underground

Image of Poems on the Underground poster: My Father by Yehuda Amichai translated by Stephen Mitchell: The memory of my father is wrapped in white paper like slices of bread for the workday. Like a magician pulling out rabbits and towers from his hat, he pulled out from his little body—love. The rivers of his hands poured into his good deeds.The Poetry Society and Poems on the Underground join forces to promote one of Britain’s most successful public art projects. As well as being displayed on underground trains throughout the capital, school members of The Poetry Society receive a set of Poems on the Underground posters every year.

Poems are selected by Judith Chernaik, Imtiaz Dharker, and George Szirtes. The posters are designed by Tom Davidson, and the project is generously supported by London Underground (TfL), Arts Council England and the British Council.

Individual posters, or sets of posters, are available through The Poetry Society shop: we ask for £3.50 for an individual poster or £9.99 for a set in order to cover the storage, handling, UK postage and packing costs. If you live overseas, the charge will increase in order to cover additional postage costs.  You can also find posters at the London Transport Museum.

Poems on the Underground (Penguin 2015) is available in paperback from all good bookshops.

Poems on the Underground (Set 103) for Winter 2019

A new set of six poems made their way round London’s tube system this November. The poems aim to cheer up commuters suffering from short days, grey skies, and the daily assault of world and national news. The themes were time and memory, addressed in poems which speak to readers of all ages and backgrounds.

The poems

My Father by Yehuda Amichai

Suddenly by Salvatore Quasimodo

All Souls Night by Frances Cornford

Diary by Katrina Naomi

For the House Sparrow in Decline by Paul Farley

To – by P. B. Shelley

Poems on the Underground is supported by Transport for London, The British Council and Arts Council England. Poems are selected by the writer Judith Chernaik and poets Imtiaz Dharker and George Szirtes.

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