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Poetry Books

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.

Fire Songs
David Harsent
Winner of the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Throughout the book - in the stark biography of 'Songs from the Same Earth', the troubling fractured narrative of 'A Dream Book', the harrowing lines of connection in four poems each titled...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
     

When God is a Traveller
Arundhathi Subramaniam
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Wandering, digging, falling, coming to terms with unsettlement and uncertainty, finiteness and fallibility, exploring intersections between the sacred and the sensual, searching for ways to step in and out of stories, cycles...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting
Kevin Powers
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. LETTER COMPOSED DURING A LULL IN THE FIGHTING captures the many moments that comprise a soldier's life: driving down the Texas highway; waiting for the unknown in the dry Iraq heat; writing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

Fauverie
Pascale Petit
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. The Fauverie of this book is the big-cat house in the Jardin des Plantes zoo. But the word also evokes the Fauves, 'primitive' painters who used raw colour straight from the tube....
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/09/2014
     

Faithful and Virtuous Night
Louise Gluck
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection 'At last the night surrounded me; / I floated on it, perhaps in it, / or it carried me as a river carries...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2014
     

Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth
Ruth Padel
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. 'Making is our defence against the dark...' Through images of conflict and craftsmanship, Ruth Padel's powerful new poems address the Middle East, tracing a quest for harmony in the midst of destruction....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

I Knew the Bride
Hugo Williams
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Hugo Williams is rightly cherished for his inimitable fusion of autobiography and irony, and a technical glide that allows his writing to 'slip back to the past as effortlessly as a dreamer'...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/03/2014
     

Bright Travellers
Fiona Benson
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. This is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. The poems move on archaeological fast-forward from submerged Devonian forests and a Paleolithic cave-bear skull to the site of decommissioned submarines...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
     

The Stairwell
Michael Longley
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. In The Stairwell, his tenth collection, Michael Longley's themes and forms reach a new intensity. The second part of the book is a powerful sequence of elegies for his twin brother, Peter,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

All One Breath
John Burnside
This is shortlisted for the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. In this absorbing, brilliant new collection - his first since Black Cat Bone - John Burnside examines our shared experience of this mortal world:...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
     

My Family and Other Superheroes
Jonathan Edwards
Winner of 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
     

Selected Poems and Letters
Isaac Rosenberg
'Death could drop from the dark as easily as song - But song only dropped, Like a blind man's dreams on the sand, By dangerous tides, Like a girl's dark hair for she dreams no ruin lies there, Or her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2003
     

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
     

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
     


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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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First World War Poems
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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
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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.
 
 
 


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