Poems on the Underground

Love After Love by Derek Walcott The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other's welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.

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. Follow Poems on the Underground on Facebook and Twitter.

Shipping may be slower than usual as Poetry Society staff now work from home and from the office. 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 110) for Spring 2022

On February 14th 2022 our new set of Poems on the Underground, on love, music, and the coming of spring went live on London Underground trains.

We also mark the bicentenary of the death of the Romantic poet P.B. Shelley, with the last stanza of his ‘Ode to the West Wind’, and famous lines which resonate powerfully at this time: ‘O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?’

The poems circulated on Underground and Overground trains through February and March.

The poems featured in February 2022:

Private Ownership by Sasha Dugdale, from Notebook (2003)

Love after Love by Derek Walcott, from Collected Poems (1986)

Praise Song for My Mother by Grace Nichols, from I Have Crossed an Ocean: Selected Poems (2010)

The Songs by Martin Bell, from Complete Poems (1988)

Upwards (for Ty Chijioke) after Christopher Gilbert by Raymond Antrobus, from All the Names Given (2021)

from Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley   

The posters are designed by Tom Davidson. You can see the full set of poems on the Poems on the Underground website.

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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