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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

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting - Kevin Powers

In this remarkable debut poetry collection, National Book Award finalist and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers creates a startling, affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. LETTER COMPOSED DURING A LULL IN THE FIGHTING captures the many moments that compri

I Knew the Bride - Hugo Williams

Bears - and lays bare - those qualities that have become so characteristic of author's work: his unflinching survey of his childhood and adult life alike, alighting on moments of vivacity from his upbringing in a theatrical family in the 1940s and 50s thr

The Land of Gold: With a Monastery of Light - Sebastian Barker

Sebastian Barker's collection contrasts life's ecstasies with the certainty of loss; he travels through the blazing spiritual landscapes of South-West France, faces the temptations of despair head on, and finds in Greece the poet's door to redemption and