Poems for... supplies small poem-posters for public display, free of charge. Around half of the poems are bilingual, with almost fifty languages represented so far. Many of the poems' authors are famous world-wide.
The project is based in the UK and has been running for over fifteen years, funded by a significant number of UK funding bodies. The poems are mostly downloaded for use in schools, universities, library and healthcare waiting rooms. They go all over the UK but to many other countries in the world, as well.
It is fair to say that the project explores and celebrates difference and diversity. It is based on the belief that poetry speaks an international language that gets through to people. It seeks the truth. It does not mask the truth.
You can download the poems direct from this site, either individually or by collection. To do so you first register with us. There are no strings attached to this and the process is both simple and free of charge. Go to "Registration" on the menu to the left of this text.
Once you have registered, go to "Downloading the Poems" on the same menu and you will find all the collections listed there are now accessible to you for downloading and printing. Once registered, you can revisit and download as often as you like by simply logging in.
All the poets whose faces you can see at the top of these pages have work displayed in the poem collections we've put together. Most are contemporary. Several have helped put the collections together, or have otherwise shown support to this project over the years. These include : Andrew Motion, Fiona Sampson, Stephen Watts, Debjani Chatterjee, David Hart. The faces appear in random order, and the order keeps changing.
At the bottom of the site pages, you will see the logos of all the bodies who've helped to fund the project at different times.
The menu on the left also offers more information about the project - how it developed, where the poems have gone, etc (see "More About Us"). There is a "Forum" too, where you have the chance to contribute your own ideas or experiences concerning the collections we supply. To do so you will have to sign in.
Poems for... used to be called Poems for the Waiting Room. But we changed the title because, although the healthcare waiting room was our first focus, the poems were soon being displayed in many other settings.
Poems for...is one of several ideas and initiatives promoted by the charity Hyphen-21
The founder and Director of Poems for... is Rogan Wolf, who did the writing for this site.