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What's Your Presiding Spirit? | 25-Oct-06

The Presiding Spirits project is part of Poetry International 2006. Seventeen of the poets reading in the festival have chosen another poet, whom they feel to be an influence, an inspiration or a presence in their work. We asked visitors to the Poetry Lounge in the Queen Elizabeth Hall to give us their 'presiding spirits'. Listed below are some of the poems people have chosen so far.

You can come and discuss the poets' choices, and share your own, at 6.30pm every evening of the festival, when drop-in reading groups take place in the Poetry Lounge.

'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' by Ann and Jane Taylor

'It was Bethlehem...' by John Hegley

'I wandered lonely as a cloud' by William Wordsworth

'This Be the Verse' by Philip Larkin

'Love Poems, 9' by Jack Spicer

'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' by Dylan Thomas

'A Little Worm' by Spike Milligan

'Journey of the Magi' by T.S. Eliot

'You refine me...' by Lemn Sissay

'Not Waving But Drowning' by Stevie Smith

'Roman Considerations' by Antony Pearce

'In a Bath Teashop' by John Betjeman

Poems from 1969-71 by Roger McGough

'Busman's Prayer' by Ian Dury

'Moon Bathers' by John Freeman

'The Song of Wandering Aengus' by W.B. Yeats

'Manifesto' by D.H. Lawrence

'Them and Us' by Tony Harrison

'I wrote for luck...' by Shaun Ryder

'I eat my peas with honey...' by Ogden Nash

Why not send us your presiding spirit? Email with the poem that has most inspired you.

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