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.

The Poetry of Derek Walcott - Derek Walcott

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 draws from every stage of the poet's storied career. Here are examples of his very earliest work, like 'In My Eighteenth Year,' published when the poet himself was still a teenager; his first widely celebrated verse,

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013, review

Nobel winner Derek Walcott, now in his eighties, is still sustained by his faith in poetry