Edited by Harry Chambers and Chris Faram
This anthology consists of 20 very varied commissioned poems by leading British poets on the theme of ‘Neighbours’, together with extracts from taped interviews with each poet and a glossary for foreign readers. The Neighbours anthology should be of interest to anyone interested in good contemporary poetry, but is especially designed to back up transmission by the External Services department of the BBC of a series of English by Radio programmes. English by Radio and Television provides the world’s most comprehensive service of English lessons for foreign learners.
Readings of the poems and interviews with the poets were broadcast on BBC radio from December 13th 1988.
NEW POEMS by
Anna Adams ~ Fleur Adcock ~ Fred D’Aguair ~ Gillian Clarke ~ Carol Ann Duffy
U.A. Fanthorpe ~ Stuart Henson ~Keith Howden ~ John Latham ~ Norman McCaig
Julian May ~ Graham Mort ~ Elma Mitchell ~ M.R. Peacocke ~ William Scammell
Vernon Scannell ~ Ken Smith ~ Adam Thorpe ~ Hugo Williams ~ Kit Wright
By William Scammell
Who say I must not
enter his house, but knock and wait.
He is for saving the whale. Other
causes clamour at his windows.
He favours pot, and impulse, and the bicycle;
rolls cigarettes called snout.
Bass guitars palpate the party wall.
He thinks we face extinction.
Dobbs wears beads, one silver earring
and a wrestler’s chest, with which
he seals the doorway of my old friend’s house.
Price £7.95 per copy post free (£5.35 post free to Associate Members)
Cover photograph: Malcolm Baldwin
Publication: 1988 (96 pages laminated paperback)