Radio at Night

Radio at Night

When sleep won't stop a dripping tap,
won't warm your feet or keep the burglars at bay,
the radio at night is here.
Radio at night is populous
with plays and sport and life insurance ads,
the radio's a place where Parliament
is passing laws, where orchestras
play lullabies and local DJs host a quiz
where every caller wins a prize.
Pirates rig their decks in tower blocks
to buffet you with heart-shake bass
and taxi drivers, when the sky is clear,
crackle, book a pick-up, fade.
The weather voice, unwavering, avows
there will be rain but it will pass ; then
live on air a band begins to play, unplugged,
a song of buckled love set right so sweet
you slow dance from the ankles down.

Count the stations, number off the staff
it takes to play the tunes, to speak the lines,
to talk and comfort the insomniac.
To pause and check each channel on the range :
it feels tonight like gathering in the flock.


from Hannah and the Monk (Salt, 2008), © Julia Bird 2008, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Julia Bird

Julia Bird Reading from her poems

1Article of Faith

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2Jim Fixed it For Me

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3Time, Ladies, Please

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4The World's Population Visits the Isle of Wight

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5This Much is Almost Guaranteed

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6Monoglutton

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7White Horse

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8Covent Garden

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9Five Years Trying to Win the Flower Show Vegetable Animal Class

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10As The Peacock

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11Paper Stars

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12From Crammond Beach

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13Fire in a Crowded Theatre

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14Your Grandfather Would Have Wanted You to Have This

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15I Really Should Quit, But

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16Opinion

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17Magnetic Translation: poetry one one sex

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18The Animals Went in Two by Two

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19Next Door Girl

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20Spiv

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21Clip

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22Hannah and the Monk

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23Radio at Night

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24What I Would Like is a Birdcage

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25Dedication

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26Souchong Sevenling

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27Supersize Sevenling

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28Orange Pips

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29But They Wouldn't Want Us to Go Hungry

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30Duet

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31Pure Maths

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32Breathing Pattern

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33This Does Me for Snow

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34The Preservation of Flowers

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35To Be Shone on His Body

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36Poppet

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37Love Poem with Artemia Nyos

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38Victoria Street Reel

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