Elder by David Constantine review a new collection as the poet turns 70

Constantine's lifelong devotion to the classics and to German is in evidence in poems that neither avoid death nor permit it to belittle life's gifts The publication of David Constantine's Elder marks the poet and translator's 70th birthday with a wor

Bright Travellers - Fiona Benson

In this remarkable, intensely moving, first collection, Fiona Benson shows her fascination with human experience. The poems move on archaeological fast-forward from submerged Devonian forests and a Paleolithic cave-bear skull to the site of decommissioned

The Living Option: Selected Poems - Karen Solie

Karen Solie won the Canadian Griffin Prize with only her third collection, Pigeon, in 2010, and has quickly established herself as one of the most distinctive and unsettling voices in Canadian poetry, a 'sublime singer of existential bewilderment'. Her po

Bright Travellers review Fiona Benson's impressive first collection

Fiona Benson transforms life's surprises, accidents and let-downs into poems of great beauty in her bold debut You might think Bright Travellers a fey title, but not once you have encountered the poem from which it has been parted. It describes a baby's

The Living Option: Selected Poems by Karen Solie review

A poet of the modern long-distance journey, Solie embraces the moment and observes the anxieties that come with choice Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, in central Canada, Karen Solie now lives in metropolitan Toronto, and there is something of Aesop's cit

The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson review beneath the hyperbole is a good book

This enjoyable, if sometimes wordy study of the Greek poet, is impassioned and wide-ranging These days, mention of Homer is more likely to bring to mind the long-suffering Homer of The Simpsons (D'oh!) than the ancient Greek poet. But Homericisms li

Depression – an agony more powerful than love

Rachel Kelly, a respected former journalist on the Times, might seem the most blessed of women: five children, marriage to the banker Sebastian Grigg and a large house in Notting Hill.

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 review

This selection of Walcott's poetry, edited by Glyn Maxwell, is a reminder of the celebratory texture of the Nobel laureate's work.

Black Rainbow: How Words Healed Me - Rachel Kelly

Black Rainbow is the powerful first-person story of one woman's struggle with depression and how she managed to recover from it through the power of poetry. In 1997, Oxford graduate, working mother and Times journalist Rachel Kelly went from feeling mi

Black Rainbow review poetry in a moving account of depression

A journalist and mother charts her descent into illness and the slow rebuilding of her shattered self.