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Jean Atkin
The freedom of 4 o'clock Jean Atkin

I mean in the way
we surged
over the step
and past the driver,

trod each other’s heels
up the stairs,
ran the breathless
volley between seats

The freedom of 4 o'clock, by Jean Atkin, is one of the poems that didn't quite make the final selection for our current poetry postcards.

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Big events for Poetry on Loan!

The West Midlands will be seeing some big poetry names and spectacular events over the next few months...

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Paradise rocks - an old story with a new twist
22 March 2018
Rugby library
Flocks of words
18 May 2018
Shrewsbury Library
Andrew Motion at Ludlow Assembly Rooms
8 June 2018
Ludlow Assembly Rooms