Age of Anxiety episode 5 'State price rather than value'

Episode 5:
In the aftermath of the second global conflict in the space of 30 years, European poets speak up for the civilised values that are humanity’s only protection against its worst instincts at a time when Auden’s words of 80 years ago – ‘In the nightmare of the dark / All the dogs of Europe bark’ – remain supremely relevant.

Age of Anxiety episode 4 'God is not to be disturbed'

Episode 4:
Witnessed by Johannes Bobrowski, Paul Celan, Horst Bienek, Kingsley Amis, and Nelly Sachs, the world descends into routine genocide, chronic intolerance, and whirlwinds of hatred where, as the Serbian-American poet, Charles Simic writes, ‘You will pray to God but God will hang a sign / that He’s not to be disturbed.’

Age Of Anxiety episode 3' The Garish Light of Obviousness'

Episode 3:
All hell breaks loose and bathes Europe in what the Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert calls ‘the garish light of obviousness’ – which all too often we blindly ignore today – in death camps, dark cities, and Soviet satellite states. Joining him in our tragic chorus are Nina Cassian, Vasko Popa, Yannis Ritsos, and Jerzy Ficowski.

Age of Anxiety episode 2 ' Very few are asking why not scrap it?'

Episode 2:
The clouds begin to gather over a Europe still reeling from the cataclysm of the Great War, and WH Auden, John Lehmann, David Gascoyne, Edwin Muir, C├ęsar Vallejo, and Louis MacNeice let fly with words of warning that still bear repeating today.

'Age of Anxiety' episode 1 'Who poisoned the Water'

Poetry Slabs are a group set up by John and Janet Haney to promote poetry in public spaces around West Norwood and Lambeth.
Here they present, with the help of Thomas Denhof, a look at a post- Brexit future using European poems from the 20th Century. This is the first of five episodes in a series called the 'Age of Anxiety'.
Episode 1:
Poetic evocations of cultural decay, political instability, and history’s slow baring of its unforgiving fangs, including Anna Akhmatova’s ‘Why did you poison the water’ – uncannily appropriate, perhaps, in the wake of the Skripal poisoning – and Basil Bunting’s ‘Aus dem Zweiten Reich’.