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Black Country - Liz Berry

Takes flight: to Wrens Nest, Gosty Hill, Tipton-on-Cut; to the places of home. This book includes poems that move from the magic of childhood - bostin fittle at Nanny's, summers before school - into deeper, darker territory: sensual love, enchanted weddin

Black Country review Liz Berry's impressive first collection of poems

Combining the grace of a bird in flight with sparing use of West Midlands dialect, Liz Berry's poems show warmth and maturityBlack Country is an extraordinary debut and rooted in place. When you close the book, you can still see the Black Country in your

Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet by Harry Eyres review

Drawn to Horace by a mutual love of wine and poetry, Eyres celebrates the importance of poetry in an age that, like Horace's own, values money above all elseAs a schoolboy at Eton, Harry Eyres didn't warm to the Roman poet Horace. He was "too suave, too c

Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology - Tim Kendall

The First World War produced an extraordinary flowering of poetic talent, from poets whose words commemorate the conflict as enduringly as monuments in stone. Their poems have come to express the feelings of a nation about the horrors and aftermath of war

The Moon Before Morning - WS Merwin

'These poems are lyrical, majestic, sceptical and tenderly gorgeous meditations on time and the nature of perception. They are also technically thought-provoking. Since 1970 Merwin has abandoned punctuation and the resulting texts are thrilling processes

Poetry of the First World War: an Anthology edited by Tim Kendall review

The inclusion of less familiar poets and songs from the trenches and music halls makes this such a valuable collection.

The Moon Before Morning by WS Merwin review beautiful

Merwin brings themes of memory, the natural world and love of place rapturously to lifeWilliam Merwin is curiously under-read in Britain. Not so in his native US, where he was until recently poet laureate, and where his distinguished roster of awards incl

Fire Songs - David Harsent

The new collection from award-winning poet David Harsent.David Harsent has published ten collections of poetry. The most recent, Night (2011), was a Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the Costa, Forward and T. S. Eliot poetry prizes and won t

Fire Songs by David Harsent, book review: Author finds an early late flowering

Truly significant poets continue to challenge their readers from book to book. Some – like W B Yeats, Czeslaw Milosz and even R S Thomas – go on to have "late great" flowerings. David Harsent may not be at the "late" stage yet, but with every book his

The Stairwell - Michael Longley

In The Stairwell, his tenth collection, Michael Longley's themes and forms reach a new intensity. The second part of the book is a powerful sequence of elegies for his twin brother, Peter, and the dominant mood elsewhere is elegiac.