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Our expert poetry reviewer is Liam Parkin. To find out more about his passion for poetry click here. National Poetry Day, this year based on the theme of water was on 3 October. Click here to find out more.

ABC, My Grannie Caught a Flea Scots Children's Songs and Rhymes
Ewan McVicar
An ebullient collection of favourite Scottish rhymes and songs for adults to read to their children. These verses show how the old rhymes are still popular with children – despite the arrival of newer technologies - and that they are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014

Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose
Wendy Cope
Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life, Love and the Archers brings together the best of her prose -...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014

First World War Poems
Jane McMorland-Hunter
There are all the famous frontline poets - including Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Edward Thomas - but also civilians writing from the Home Front, including Rudyard Kipling and Vera Brittain. The poems are organised into themed chapters, ranging from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/07/2014

The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion
Kei Miller
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. Winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection. We watch as the cartographer, used to the scientific methods of assuming control over a place by mapping it, is gradually compelled to recognize--even to envy--a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/05/2014

A Double Sorrow Troilus and Criseyde
Lavinia Greenlaw
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. When Chaucer composed Troilus and Criseyde he gave us, some say, his finest poem, and with it one of the most captivating love stories ever written. A Double Sorrow, Lavinia Greenlaw's new work, takes...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014

My Family and Other Superheroes
Jonathan Edwards
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. The superheroes in question are a motley crew. Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, Ian Rush, Marty McFly, a bicycling nun and a recalcitrant hippo - all leap from these pages and jostle for position, alongside...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/02/2014

The Whole & Rain-domed Universe
Colette Bryce
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. The Whole & Rain-domed Universe is Colette Bryce's much-anticipated follow-up to Self-Portrait in the Dark. The book presents the reader with an extraordinarily clear-eyed, vivid and Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. sometimes disturbing account...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014

Feeling in need of some inspiration? Poetry can often reach those literary parts that other genres can't quite get to. Whether you are hoping to ruminate on life's complexity or are looking to have your funnybone ticked, we've got a selection of titles to appeal to all tastes...

As Carol Ann Duffy says in her introduction to The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems : ‘The best of poetry is memorable, as prayers are, and in this wonderful selection of classic poems both young and older readers will find something that will stay with them, or has stayed with them, all of their lives’.



Since National Poetry Day was founded in 1994, it has engaged millions of people across the country with live events, happenings, classroom activities, conversations, broadcasts, semi-comprehensible tweets and spontaneous uncontrollable outbursts of poetry. From 1999 onwards, National Poetry Day has been loosely “themed”: the theme is not prescriptive but it serves to kick start inspiration. In 2013, the theme is “water, water everywhere” in homage to one of the nation’s best-known (and most-frequently misquoted) lines of poetry.

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Last Month's Featured Books
The Month Before's Featured Books 

1914: Poetry Remembers
Carol Ann Duffy
The First World War holds a unique place in the nation's history; the poetry it produced, a unique place in the nation's hearts. To mark the centenary of the First...

Poetry Please
Roger Mcgough
BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. This book presents a treasure trove for our most requested and most listened to poems...

The Divine Comedy
Clive James, Dante Alighieri
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013. Renowned critic and poet Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.

The Month Before's Featured Books

You Made Me Late Again! My New Collection
Pam Ayres
From the dog being afraid of the toaster to your son leaving home for university; and from the search for that perfect swimsuit to becoming a gran for the first...

Michael Symmons Roberts
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2013. This is Roberts' most expansive writing yet: mystical, philosophical, earthy and elegiac. Drysalter sings of the world's unceasing ability to surprise, and the shock...

Sinead Morrissey
Winner of the TS Eliot prize for poetry 2013. In Parallax Sinead Morrissey documents what is caught, and what is lost, when houses and cityscapes, servants and saboteurs ('the different people...

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