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Poetry, like music, has the power to touch us on levels that prose sometimes can’t. Take a seat and be inspired by some wonderful wordsmiths. Find out more about National Poetry Day - 8 Oct 2015.

This Month's Featured Books

Desert Songs of the Night 1500 Years of Arabic Literature
Suheil Bushrui and James M. Malarkey
With 1500 years of poetry and prose included in this anthology, there is a hugely diverse range of thoughts and feelings on display. In the introduction, the editors Suheil Bushrui and James M. Malarkey explain the importance of and provide...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2015
We British The Poetry of a People
Andrew Marr
‘We British’ is a remarkable book, full to the brim with some extraordinary poetry that will encourage you to open your heart and mind. Andrew Marr looks beyond the obvious, even when including some of our most famous poets and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
Winning Words Inspiring Poems for Everyday Life
William Sieghart
Features poems that inspire you on to Olympian goals. From falling in love to overcoming adversity, celebrating a new born or learning to live with dignity, this book motivates you to thrill through life's most magical moments.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney
Voted as Britain's favourite poet in a 2009 BBC poll, Eliot selected and designed this collection himself in 1954 as an introduction to his work for new readers. Containing The Waste Land and The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
Poetry Please: Love Poems
Various Poets
In this new anthology poets from across the ages lead us on a journey of love in its many forms. From Shakespeare to Rossetti, Keats to Auden, Byron to Browning an beyond, as well as a host of contemporary voices...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
Poems of the Decade An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry
Forward Publishing
Bringing together more than one hundred poems from the many thousands submitted to the Forward Prizes for Poetry in the first decade of the 21st century, this book offers an introduction to a wide range of contemporary poetry.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
High Windows
Philip Larkin
A collection, which includes some of Larkin's best-known pieces ( The Old Fools, This Be the Verse, The Explosion, and the title poem) showing the preoccupation with death and transience that is so typical of the poet.
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
The Hawk in the Rain
Ted Hughes
Including many of Hughes' best-known poems, such as 'The Jaguar', 'The Thought-Fox' and 'Wind' - now stapes of British poetry anthologies - Hawk in the Rain is the foundation of Hughes' reputation as one of the twentieth-century's greatest poets.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
Almost the Equinox Selected Poems
Sarah Maguire
This welcome selection of Maguire's poems spans time and continents - from the 'bare flanks' of the Thames at low tide to the night streets of Marrakech - bringing us the sights and sounds of distant lands, as well as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/08/2015
Poems on the Underground

After nearly thirty years and almost 500 poems, Poems on the Underground has become a familiar and welcome sight on London's Tube, paying tribute to the magnificent tradition of English poetry, and to those who have contributed to its richness...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry 100 Men on the Words That Move Them
Anthony Holden, Ben Holden
In this fascinating anthology, one hundred men - distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theatre and human rights - confess to being moved to tears by poems that haunt them.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
Talking Dead
Neil Rollinson
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2015. Lifting the lid on the human condition in a heartfelt celebration of the act of being, whether in moments of love or mortality, sex or feasting, this book features a meditation on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2015
40 Sonnets
Don Paterson
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2015. In 40 Sonnets Paterson returns to some of his central themes - contradiction and strangeness, tension and transformation, the dream world, and the divided self - in some of the most powerful and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
The Observances
Kate Miller
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2015. In the informal rituals of the tide remaking its tideline, of a painter absorbed in the act of painting or of an old couple greeting the night, the English poet Kate Miller sees...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
Andrew McMillan
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2015. Features poems that are hymns to the male body - to male friendship and male love - muscular, sometimes shocking, but always deeply moving. An elegant stylist and unfashionably honest poet, McMillan's eye...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/07/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

The Poetry of Sex
Sophie Hannah
Romance and poetry seem to go hand in hand but - implicit, explicit, nuanced or starkly frank - sex itself has long been a staple subject for poets. This book...

I Knew the Bride
Hugo Williams
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. I Knew the Bride is no mere rehearsal of old lives lived; instead it takes the author and his readers into...

Fire Songs
David Harsent
Winner of the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. The poems in David Harsent's new collection, whether single poems, dramatic sequences, or poems that 'belong to one another', share a...

Pascale Petit
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Fauverie, the new Seren poetry collection by Pascale Petit is named after the Parisian zoo that haunts her imagination. This book...

You Made Me Late Again! My New Collection
Pam Ayres
With over fifty new poems from Britain's favourite poet, this book presents an essential addition to author's incomparable collection of works. Pam's poems are observant, witty and poignant in equal...

Chelsea Flower Show Massacre
Mark Fiddes
A Debut collection of funny, reflective and empathetic poems.

Loop of Jade
Sarah Howe
Crossing the bounds of time, race and language, the author explores a dual heritage, journeying back to Hong Kong in search of her roots.

The Month Before's Featured Books

Sinead Morrissey
Winner of the TS Eliot prize for poetry 2013. The Forward Prize-shortlisted fourth collection of poems by the inaugural Belfast laureate, and one of Northern Ireland's greatest female poets. ...

All One Breath
John Burnside
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Presents the world in a series of still lifes, in tableaux vivants and tableaux morts, in laboratory tests, anatomy lessons, in...

The Stairwell
Michael Longley
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. The Stairwell is a richly textured, immensely moving work. Michael Longley has the rare ability to fuse emotional depth with complicated...

Bright Travellers
Fiona Benson
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. In this remarkable, intensely moving, first collection, Fiona Benson shows her fascination with human experience. Includes poems that move on archaeological...

Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth
Ruth Padel
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. With care and empathy, Ruth Padel suggests how rifts in the Holy Land speak to conflict in our own hearts. 'We...

Faithful and Virtuous Night
Louise Gluck
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Gluck draws equally on the worlds of fairy-tale, of dream and of waking life, each poem a door into a narrative...

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting
Kevin Powers
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. In this remarkable debut poetry collection, National Book Award finalist and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers creates a startling, affecting portrait...

When God is a Traveller
Arundhathi Subramaniam
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. First new collection by one of India's leading poets since her first UK selection Where I Live: New & Selected Poems...
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