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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.

Terror - Toby Martinez de las Rivas

In Terror, Toby Martinez de las Rivas leads us on a high-wire act in pursuit of a new kind of communication. By turns political, social, theological, historical and personal, the poems in this debut collection work closely with the reader, asking question

The Stairwell review Michael Longley's shortcuts to the heart

Birth and death are never far apart in the Irish poet's cherishable new collectionOne of the most moving things about Michael Longley's tenth collection is the way in which he considers death, giving it no special treatment, not dressing it up or flatteri

Terror by Toby Martinez de las Rivas review a symphony of psalms

This collection of meditations on fear reveals Martinez de las Rivas's visionary dispositionJeremy Paxman, chair of this year's Forward prize judging panel, might be happier with Reader's Digest, but readers intrigued by Toby Martinez de las Rivas's 2009