Booklist

Christmas 2021: Poetry

Selected by the Bookshop


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‘An extraordinary book—written with compassion, fearlessness and determination to imagine a more equal world into being. A joy to read and to think with.’ — The New Statesman‘Lola’s writing ... makes me…

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'Fans of Anne Carson, rejoice!... Carson's depth of knowledge about Greek mythology coupled with her poetic sensibility and illustrations is sure to breathe new life into this oft-told story.' Lit HubH of H Playbook is an…

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Amnion is a contemporary lyric epic, journeying from the Philippines to Libya, through France, Spain, and the UK. This debut collection of poems questions keenly and urgently the roots of migration and colonialism, charting what it…

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A 'howdie-skelp' is the slap in the face a midwife gives a newborn. It's a wake-up call. A call to action. The poems in Paul Muldoon's striking new collection include a nightmarish remake of The Waste Land, an elegy for his fellow Northern…

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The Poetry Book Society Winter Choice 2021Vahni Capildeo's Like a Tree, Walking is a fresh departure, even for this famously innovative poet. Taking its title from a story of sight miraculously regained, this book draws on…

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Louise Glück's thirteenth book of poems is among her most haunting. Here as in The Wild Iris there is a chorus, but the speakers are entirely human, simultaneously spectral and ancient. Winter Recipes from the…

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Carter’s fierce debut gives voice to the mostly forgotten and maligned female characters of Homer’s epic The Odyssey. It is a celebratory ode to those who survive within and outside of gender norms.Faithful Penelope waits…

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This is not the time for adultery.Your lover will fail to be impressed,not so much by the face maskand stale musk of sanitizing gel,but your flouting of the rules.At once funny and moving, Safety in Numbers is the new collection from the…

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With a Foreword by Francesca Wade and an Introduction by Sophie LewisDiane di Prima began writing her ‘Letters’ in 1968, conjuring a potent blend of utopian visions, ecological urgency and spiritual insight. By turns a manifesto…

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Poems of the Decade 2011—2020 celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of the Forward Prizes for Poetry. Gathering one hundred poems by writers and performers who have drawn new audiences to the artform, it highlights poetry as a…

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Hannah Lowe taught for a decade in an inner-city London sixth form. At the heart of this book of compassionate and energetic sonnets are 'The Kids', her students, the teenagers she nurtured. But the poems go further, meeting her own child…

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Concrete Poetry : A 21st century Anthology presents a selective yet wide-ranging anthology of concrete poetry edited by curator Nancy Perloff and dedicated to singling out the most distinctive and significant works of this influential,…

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Ian Duhig's effortlessly fascinating and endlessly quotable verse has had a shaping influence on UK poetry for more than thirty years. This eclectic gathering of Duhig's best work draws on material from his acclaimed debut, The Bradford…

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The poetry of Miles Burrows was discovered in 1966 when Tom Maschler, already an editor at Cape, heard him give a public reading in London. Cape published him. After that, Burrows continued his life in many walks, most of them medical.…

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In her first volume of new poems in twelve years, Rita Dove investigates the vacillating moral compass guiding the world's experiments in democracy. Whether depicting the first Jewish ghetto in sixteenth-century Venice or Black Lives…

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Luke Kennard recasts Shakespeare's 154 sonnets as a series of anarchic prose poems set in the same joyless house party.…

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Pinecoast is a dual sequence: ‘Ghost Lines’ and ‘Pine Coasts’, the first set in the southeast of England, the second in Quebec’s Gaspésie Peninsula, tied together by various ghost tracks and desire…

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