Poetry

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

The Tatters - Brenda Coultas

In this nuanced and moving new collection of poems, Brenda Coultas weaves a meditation on contemporary life and our place in it. Coultas, who is known for her investigative documentary approach, turns her attention to landfills and the odd histories embed

All One Breath - John Burnside

In this absorbing, brilliant new collection - his first since Black Cat Bone - John Burnside examines our shared experience of this mortal world: how we are 'all one breath' and - with that breath - how we must strive towards the harmony of choir. Recogni

This is Yarrow - Tara Bergin

The poems in Tara Bergin's debut collection combine sensuous, supple lyricism with the unsettling familiarity of folklore, fairytale and dream. They are inhabited by characters who seem at first widely different from one another, yet share nervous energy,

Speak, Old Parrot - Dannie Abse

2013 marks Dannie Abse's 90th birthday. In his lifetime he has published an astonishing array of work including poetry, fiction, criticism, plays and autobiography but it is as a poet that he is best known and loved. In Speak, Old Parrot he returns to

Pilgrim's Flower - Rachael Boast

A powerful new collection from the winner of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize.