As a brief respite from my usual spleen, have some of my favourite poems.
Burton reading RS Thomas:
Some Edna St. Vincent Millay
Copland's setting of 12 Emily Dickinson poems:
Got to have some John Cooper Clarke:
and of course Pam Ayres even though she has taken the advertising dollar: I fear this poem presages my future.
And in another mood entirely, here's Simon Armitage's 'Poem'. I can't find a reading of it, which is a shame, but here's the whole bittersweet text: