Originally the medieval bestiary or book of animals set out to establish safe distinctions - between them and us - but Hughes's poetry works always in a contrary direction: showing what man and beast have in common, the reservoir from which we all draw.
A Ted Hughes Bestiary is a thematic collection of 100 of the late laureate's poems. Hughes's animal poetry is arguably the joyous best of him, and is full of a country-dweller's lived experience. Whether a damselfly in "Performance", a "Midget puppet-clow
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
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
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
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
'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