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Poetry 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.

This Month's Featured Books

Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore
Inside the Wave
Helen Dunmore
Category Winner of the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Poetry Award New collection by prizewinning poet and novelist: poems about mortality, illness, being alive and the borderline between the living human world...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2018

Last Month's Featured Books

The Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart

The Poetry Pharmacy
William Sieghart
A distillation of prescriptions given – and taken – on William Sieghart’s online Poetry Pharmacy. No harm to be got from these prescriptions, instead there is comfort, love, advice and...

Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi

Kumukanda
Kayo Chingonyi
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Poetry Award Translating as 'initiation', kumukanda is the name given to the rites a...

On Balance by Sinead Morrissey

On Balance
Sinead Morrissey
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Poetry Award Winner of the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Winner of the...

Useful Verses by Richard Osmond

Useful Verses
Richard Osmond
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Poetry Award This is a fiercely inventive, darkly witty and brilliantly observed debut from...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris

The Lost Words
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A book to make you think and feel, this is an important, beautiful, spellbinding treasure. Words from nature are disappearing, being...

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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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