Category Archives: Poetry

POEM: Octavio Paz Between Going and Coming

Every Saturday on 106.9 SFM – Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – a moment in time to slow everything down; ponder and relax. The poems are read by Gill Fraser Lee. Octavio Paz was a Mexican poet-diplomat and writer. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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POEM Katherine Mansfield – Camomile Tea

Every Saturday on 106.9 SFM – Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – a moment in time to slow everything down; ponder and relax. The poems are read by Gill Fraser Lee

Katherine Mansfield has been described as courageous, contradictory, self-willed, single-minded, argumentative, elusive, in both her life and her work, and always defied the attempts of posterity to pin down the qualities that fascinated her contemporaries.

Bertrand Russell admired her brain and would have liked to seduce her; Virginia Woolf said she ‘stank like a civet cat that has taken to street walking’ but admitted that she loved her ‘I suppose in my own way’, and that Katherine was the only writer whose writing she was jealous of.

Poem: The Song Of Mr Toad by Kenneth Graham

Poet Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh on 8th March 1859. While still a young man in his 20s, Grahame began to publish light stories in London periodicals such as the St. James Gazette.

His penultimate book and the publication of his triumph, was The Wind in the Willows.

Every Saturday morning at around 07:50 Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time where poems are read out on 106.9 SFM (www.sfmradio.com).

POEM: There will come soft rains by Sara Teasdale

Sara Trevor Teasdale was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1884. She published Sonnets to Duse, and Other Poems, in her first volume of verse, in 1907. Her second collection, Helen of Troy, and Other Poems, followed in 1911, and her third, Rivers to the Sea, in 1915.

Gill Fraser Lee reads her poem There Will Come Soft Rains on Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast Show on 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com

Poem: A Parsonage in Oxfordshire by William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was born in April 1770. He was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads. He died in April 1850 aged 80.

Gill Fraser Lee reads his poem A Parsonage in Oxfordshire on Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM.

POEM Dear One Absent This Long While by Lisa Olstein

Lisa Olstein grew up near Boston, Massachusetts. She received a BA from Barnard College and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Her first book of poems, Radio Crackling, Radio Gone (2006), won the Copper Canyon Press Hayden Carruth Award.

On 106.9 SFM’s Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan – Gill Fraser Lee reads her poem Dear One Absent This Long While.

Absence by Elizabeth Jennings

“You cannot fake anything if you are trying to write serious poetry.” – Elizabeth Jennings

 

Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001) was born in Boston, Lincolnshire but moved to Oxford at the age of six where she lived for the rest of her life. She studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford and worked in advertising, at the City Library and briefly in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. Her consistent devotion to poetry yielded over twenty books during her life, a New Collected Poems appearing in 2002.

Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM Jason McCrossan plays a poem in his Tranquil Time slot. This week’s poem was read by Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyFLower) and was called Absence by Elizabeth Jennings. 

Poem by A. E. Housman – XVI

A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. 

On Saturday breakfast with Jason McCrossan on www.sfmradio.com Gill Fraser Lee Tweet @ahappyflower read XVI by A. E. Housman. 

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