Poem introduction

The British Council has supported these recordings as part of the Shakespeare Lives in 2016 programme celebrating the work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.

2014/2015

We name our years in numbers and behold, I said,

this new one hangs ahead, plump and divisible.

I poked my cold head round the corner of December,

whose bare evenings sang to me of the future,

until I could see all 365 days laid out from east

to west. A few things stick with me:

a sea view, night-time, lights across the by and by,

wet, black shapes, perhaps the heads of seals;

the Northern Line, glowing with afterworkers –

and someone humming, unless the future is a lie;

a laptop screen: keystrokes and the words expire,

metadata, prism, nourished, homeland, boundless

informant. My beloveds, I will see all of this

and I will leave it, in one order or another, to you.

 

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Recordings

Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott Downloads (2016)

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1Introduction

2Quark

3Pavlova's Physics

4Muse

5Introduction

6Hairless

7Procedure

8Of Mutability

9Iris

10Deft

11Era

12La Serenissima

13Piss Flower

14Introduction

15Gherkin Music

16Sinfonietta for London

17Introduction

18Shapcott's Variation on Schoenberg's orchestration of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E Flat major, 'St Anne'

19Concerto

20Colatura

21Night Flight to Muncaster

22Riddle

23The Gods Under the Floor

24Religion for Boys

25Track 25

26The Second Lie

27Gwaithla Brook

28Radnorshire

29Hanter Hill

30Huntington Castle

31Gwaithla Road

32Cefn Hir

33Dolyhir

34Glascwm

35To Muzot from Gladestry

36Song in the Shed

37Newchurch

38Old Radnor

39Colva

40Caety Traylow

41Burl Hill

42Rilke Spotted above Gilwern

43Hergest

44Road Not Available

45Born Off

46Gilwern Lane

47Over the Col

48Wye Marches

49Gilwern Dingle

50Llan

51Gwaithla Garden

52Mountain Ash

53The Third Lie

54Rosa gallica

55Rosa hemisphaerica

56Rosa foetida

57Rosa centifolia

58Rosa nitida

59Rosa arvenis

60Rosa pimpinellifolia

61Rosa glauca

62Rosa sancta

63Rosa sempervirens

64Rosa damascena

65Rosa canina

66Rosa elegantula

67Rosa multiflora

68Rosa mutabilis

69Rosa moschata

70Rosa foliolosa

71Rosa stellata

72Rosa odorata

73Rosa pteracantha

74Rosa Mundi

75The Fifth Lie

4Callisto's Song

Books by Jo Shapcott