Poems on the Underground

In the Bright Sleeve of the Sky by Ilya Kaminsky: Is that you, little soul? Sometimes at night I / light a lamp so as not / to see. / I tiptoe, / Anushka / drowsing / in my palms: / on my balding head, her bonnet.

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.

We are still taking orders for Poems on the Underground posters, however shipping will be much slower than usual. Click here to browse our selection.

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

Poems on the Underground (Set 108) for Summer 2021

As we mark 35 years of poetry on the tube, Poems on the Underground is delighted to offer tube travellers a summer set of poems by an international range of poets.   

Remembering Summer by the American poet W.S. Merwin, from Garden Time (Bloodaxe Books, 2016)

Her Glasses by Pascale Petit, from Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe Books, 2020)

In the Bright Sleeve of the Sky by Ilya Kaminsky, from Deaf Republic (Faber, 2019)

Consider the Grass Growing by Patrick Kavanagh

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 Fawzi Karim, from Incomprehensible Lesson (Carcanet, 2019)

Each poster measures 28cm by 61cm. 

The posters are designed by Tom Davidson.

We charge £9.99 in total, for postage and packaging only. Posters are delivered rolled in a poster tube. International shipping incurs a higher cost.

Order the set here, and individual posters from this set here.

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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