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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

Undying A Love Story by Michel Faber
Undying A Love Story
Michel Faber
How can you say goodbye to the love of your life? In Undying Michel Faber honours the memory of his wife, who died after a six-year battle with cancer. Bright, tragic, candid and true, these poems are an exceptional chronicle...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2016
40 Sonnets by Don Paterson
40 Sonnets
Don Paterson
Winner of 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
Poems on the Underground by
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

Last Month's Featured Books

Physical by Andrew McMillan

Physical
Andrew McMillan
Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2016. Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2015. Features poems that are hymns to the male body - to male friendship and male love...

Loop of Jade by Sarah Howe

Loop of Jade
Sarah Howe
Winner of the T S Eliot Prize 2015. Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2015. Crossing the bounds of time, race and language, this is...

Disinformation by Frances Leviston

Disinformation
Frances Leviston
Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2016. The compelling new poetry collection from the T S Eliot Prize shortlisted poet. Many of these poems are concerned with ruined or abandoned...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry 100 Men on the Words That Move Them by Anthony Holden, Ben Holden

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...

We British The Poetry of a People by Andrew Marr

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,...

High Windows by Philip Larkin

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...

Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot by T. S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney

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...

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