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Late Summer Poetry Picks

Selected by John Clegg


Poetry makes ideal UK holiday reading; while the sun shines, explore Roman ruins or the backstreets of Penrith or the valleys of Exmoor – when the weather turns, duck under a beer garden umbrella and read a couple of poems with a pint while you wait for the weather to blow over. Here’s some of the new poetry titles we’re most excited about this summer, including long-awaited second collections from Alex Wong, Dai George and Raymond Antrobus, Cynthia Miller’s Forward-shortlisted debut, woozy Cornish sea-poems from Penelope Shuttle, Steve Ely’s ambitious long poem on the life cycle of eels, and a new anthology of folklore-inspired poetry from 3 of Cups Press.

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The submerged land of Lyonesse was once part of Cornwall, according to myth and the oral tradition, standing for a lost paradise in Arthurian legend, but now an emblem of human frailty in the face of climate change. And there was indeed a…

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Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2019Raymond Antrobus’s astonishing debut collection, The Perseverance, won both Rathbone Folio Prize and the Ted Hughes Award, amongst many other accolades; the poet’s much…

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This is an anthology about imagined histories. Featuring poetry inspired by fairy tales, folklore, urban legends, creation myths, founding myths, Greek/Haitian/Indian/Mancunian myths. Here are our counterfactuals, our apocrypha, our…

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These eels were born in a continent of oceanand their parents carried into that vastnesson mindless, reliable, pot-luck currentsfrom Iceland, Belgium, Tunisia, Spain.‘Steve’s research of the eel’s complex life history is…

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Alex Wong's first collection, Poems Without Irony (2016), was a book that took nothing for granted, that broke through to the particularity of things and experiences, distrusting and defying generality. Elaine Feinstein celebrated the…

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