New and Recommended Poetry

Damn fine poetry collections for your delectation.

Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Ocean Vuong

From the publisher:

A Guardian / Daily Telegraph Book of the YearWinner of the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, Night ...

Kumukanda

Kayo Chingonyi

From the publisher:

Translating as ‘initiation’, kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. In this book, the ...

Don’t Call Us Dead

Danez Smith

From the publisher:

A FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY 2017`[Smith’s] poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy’ The New Yorker ...

Three Poems

Hannah Sullivan

Lavinia Greenlaw writes:

The long poem pre-empts its own significance. We expect more of it and less of ourselves, adjusting our pace and investing in the big picture. Hannah Sullivan’s ...

Black Sun

Toby Martinez de las Rivas

From the publisher:

Black Sun confronts the dark dreams and hidden powers of this world, and, through the poet’s attentive watching and wondering, offers its readers a way ‘to know – & ...

Inside the Wave

Helen Dunmore

From the publisher:

Posthumously awarded Costa Book of the Year, this collection by the late poet and novelist Helen Dunmore relates to mortality, illness, being alive and the borderline between ...

How to be a Poet

Jo Bell and Jane Commane

From the publisher:

A twenty-first century guide to writing well by Jo Bell and Jane Commane

With special guest essays from: Mona Arshi, Clive Birnie, Rishi Dastidar, Jonathan Davidson, Abi ...

The Emma Press Anthology of Love

edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

From the publisher:

In The Emma Press Anthology of Love, that familiar four-letter word takes on a world of meanings. Love is transcendent and love is everyday, found equally in steamy texts and ...

The Mains

Patrick Davidson Roberts

From the publisher:

'The emotional geography charted in Patrick Davidson Roberts's collection is criss-crossed with fractures and fault lines. Here is a country where there is no safe passage ...