The first set of ‘World Poems on the Underground’ in 2012 features poets born in India, Turkey, Germany, Pakistan, Guyana and Nigeria - although their lives took them to places far removed from their countries of origin. The poems:
• ‘Finding India in Unexpected Places’ by Sujata Bhatt from Pure Lizard (Carcanet 2008)
• ‘I Sing of Change’ by Niyi Osundare from Selected Poems (1992)
• ‘Baku at Night’ by Nazim Hikmet from Poems of Nazim Hikmet, translated from the Turkish by Randy Blasing & Mutlu Konuk (Persea Books 2002)
• ‘Toussaint L’Ouverture Acknowledges Wordsworth’s Sonnet To Toussaint L’Ouverture’ by John Agard from Alternative Anthems: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe 2009)
• ‘Carving’ by Imtiaz Dharker from The terrorist at my table ( Bloodaxe 2006)
• ‘Boy with Orange (out of Kosovo)’ by Lotte Kramer from New & Collected Poems (Rockingham Press 2011).
Poems on the Underground is supported by TfL, Arts Council England and the British Council and London 2012 Festival. Poems are selected by writer Judith Chernaik and poets Cicely Herbert and Gerard Benson (poet laureate of Bradford).