Plague poems

Lesley Saunders reads two of her personal ‘plague poems’ written during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Lesley Saunders is the author of several books of poetry as well as many academic articles. Her collection Cloud Camera (Two Rivers Press 2012) was described in Poetry Review as ‘the most intelligent and thrilling book of poetry in years’. Her most recent books are Nominy Dominy (Two Rivers Press 2018), a kind of praise-song for the Greek and Latin literature she grew up with – ‘a feature of this collection is its sheer ease with and celebration of language itself’ (The Interpreter’s House); A Part of the Main, a dialogue-in-poetry with Philip Gross (Mulfran Press 2018); and Point of Honour, a book of her translations of the acclaimed Portuguese poet Maria Teresa Horta (Two Rivers Press 2019). She has won various awards and prizes, including the Manchester Poetry Prize, the Poetry Business Pamphlet competition and the Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation. She leads writing workshops and undertakes poetry reviewing, editing and mentoring; she has performed her work at festivals and on the radio, and worked on collaborative projects and productions with visual artists, musicians, composers and dancers as well as other poets.

Lesley is currently working on a series of poems in response to aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic, some of which can be read here: and two also appear on the Write Where We Are Now website: Several other poems are scheduled to appear in anthologies published by Lapwing Press and Shoestring Press.