We face a long road ahead, and I truly believe that the arts are instrumental to people’s mental wellbeing in these difficult times. I have compiled below a selection of poems for you to peruse while you are tucked up safely at home. I have tried to select poems that fit the theme of quarantine; some may lift your spirits, and some are included to honestly reflect upon our current situation. I hope that the poems I have selected entertain you and help your day pass a little bit more peacefully.
Broad Bay I – Majella Cullinane
– from Broad Bay, Majella Cullinane (Whisper of a Crow’s Wing, 2018)
Anxiety: Day 2190 – Kayleigh Campbell
- from Keepsake, (Kayleigh Campbell, Maytree Press, 2019)
The Last Laugh – John Betjeman
-John Betjeman, Stressed Unstressed (ed.Bate and Byrne 2016)
The Cure – Nick Drake
from Staying Alive ed. Neil Astley 2002 p150
There is no greater crime than leaving – Bertolt Brecht
from Staying Alive (ed. Neil Astley 2002 p356.) translated from German by Frank Jones
In Your Mind – Carol Ann Duffy
‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers – Emily Dickinson
Stay safe, everyone.
R G Wood