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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

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 structures, dismembered and disappearing bodies, constructed and deconstructed identities; behind...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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
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 an enthralling exploration of self and place, of migration and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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 - muscular, sometimes shocking, but always deeply moving. An elegant...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/07/2015

Last Month'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,...

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...

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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Desert Songs of the Night 1500 Years of Arabic Literature by Suheil Bushrui and James M. Malarkey

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...

Almost the Equinox Selected Poems by Sarah Maguire

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 Hawk in the Rain by Ted Hughes

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...

Poems of the Decade An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry by Forward Publishing

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...

Poetry Please: Love Poems by Various Poets

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...

Winning Words Inspiring Poems for Everyday Life by William Sieghart

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...

The Observances by Kate Miller

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...

Talking Dead by Neil Rollinson

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,...

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