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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.

This Month's Featured Books

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
     
Chelsea Flower Show Massacre
Mark Fiddes
A Debut collection of funny, reflective and empathetic poems.
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/03/2015
     
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 measure. Delightfully illustrated, most of the poems in You Made...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Fauverie
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 has childhood trauma and a dying father at its heart,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/09/2014
     
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 dark territory and a sometimes haunting, sometimes steely, lyrical tone....
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
     
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 startling new terrain in a series of brave, painful and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/03/2014
     
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 offers a selection that ranges from ancient Rome to modern...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Parallax
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...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


The Whole & Rain-domed Universe
Colette Bryce
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. A powerful new collection from an award-winning poet. Bryce is one of the most widely acclaimed poets of the post-Heaney generation, and this...
 
 

My Family and Other Superheroes
Jonathan Edwards
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2014. This debut collection of poetry, My Family and Other Superheroes, by Jonathan Edwards, introduces us to a vibrant new voice from Wales. ...
 
 

A Double Sorrow Troilus and Criseyde
Lavinia Greenlaw
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. Set against the Siege of Troy, A Double Sorrow is the story of Trojan hero Troilus and his beloved Criseyde, whose traitorous father...
 
 

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. In his new collection, acclaimed Jamaican poet Kei Miller dramatises what happens when one...
 
 

Selected Poems and Letters
Isaac Rosenberg
Isaac Rosenberg's poems, such as Dead Man's Dump and Break of Day in the Trenches , have been included in every significant war anthology and have earned him a place...
 
 
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National Poetry Prize 2015

Are you a budding poet? The National Literacy Trust has launched a new poetry competition, in partnership with Bloomsbury Children's Books, to create a poem using reading and literature as inspiration.

All forms of poetry are welcome, from sonnets to rap! And you must be age 16+ to enter. Find out more at www.literacytrust.org.uk/poetryprize

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From the Haiku to Xanadu, a well-crafted poem can speak of an experience of our world in a way that stays with us for a long time; often for life. Everyone has a poem they learned in school that holds increased sentimental importance as time goes by.

The ability of words and language to define us and the poet’s ability to harness it are what makes poetry such a powerful genre. The field is huge, the subjects covered too numerous to list. From the fields of Flanders to the kitchen sink there are poems that encapsulate all of human life. Funny, thought-provoking, challenging, evocative, story-telling, satire and tribute. All are here. Why not use our special recommendations to find something to inspire you today?

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