It’s a bit like Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, only with poems. During the six months from the beginning of the Coronavirus restrictions, March 2020, until the end of September 2020, members of the Poetry Society’s Otley Stanza and some of their friends will choose their favourite poems and write about why these are important to them.

Browse the poets and their selections by clicking on their names above. New poems will be added roughly once a fortnight until the lists are completed in September.

You’ll find we’ve either included the poem or at least offered a link or further information, depending on copyright ownership of the work.