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A poem in an instant...

The teacher's song Fergus McGonigal

The classroom where you teach
is just a room:
it has four walls,
a ceiling and a floor;

the colour scheme is bland;
the furniture
is functional.
This room does not inspire.

This excellent poem didn't quite make it into the final eight chosen for this year's Poetry on Loan poetry postcards, but we think it deserves to be read.

A poem in an instant
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About Poetry on Loan

Poetry on Loan promotes contemporary poetry through public libraries in the West Midlands
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What we do...

We supply poets for events, support Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate schemes, provide promotional material, run training sessions
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Who we are

Our meetings include representatives from each library authority in the West Midlands region - everyone is involved, from the huge Birmingham Libraries to tiny Telford and Wrekin.
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Poetry competition - final call for entries!

Closing date for the Poetry on Loan poetry competition is 1st September!

Find a poetry event near you

Poetry on demand at the Core Library
26 September 2017
Core library, Solihull
Flock of words
26 September 2017
Oswestry library
With great pleasure..... Fiona Sampson
27 September 2017
Fownhope Community Library Faulkner House HR1 4PL