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River Inside the River: Poems - Gregory Orr

From the acclaimed American poet whose work the San Francisco Review called "mystical, carnal, reflective, wry" come three gorgeous poetic sequences. In the first, "Eden and After," Gregory Orr retells the story of Adam and Eve. The second sequence, "The

Stanza Stones - Simon Armitage, Pip Hall, Tom Lonsdale

The newly drawn Stanza Stones Trail runs through forty-seven miles of the Pennine region, some of the most strikingly varied landscape in the world. The terrain bears the deep scars of industrial exploitation, as well as those less obvious: the signs left

River Inside the River by Gregory Orr - review

Orr's spiritual journey continues with healing words that embrace the myth of creation and the redemptive power of language American poet Gregory Orr 's 10th collection, River Inside the River , sees him continue his mission to write a poetry of authen

Simon Armitage, water and the ocean's rising tide - books podcast

With the IPCC warning that our addiction to fossil fuels is driving "unprecedented" changes in the world's oceans which threaten mass extinction , the watery theme of this week's National Poetry Day could not have been more timely. This week's podcast

Simon Armitage, water and the ocean's rising tide - books podcast

With the IPCC warning that our addiction to fossil fuels is driving "unprecedented" changes in the world's oceans which threaten mass extinction , the watery theme of this week's National Poetry Day could not have been more timely. This week's podcast

Sleeping Keys - Jean Sprackland

Looks back at endings and beginnings: the end of a life, or of a marriage; old homes lived in and left, and new homes discovered. This book explores how the experience of change is painful, disorientating, even catastrophic, but also profoundly necessary

Sleeping Keys by Jean Sprackland - review

Mundane domesticities are transformed into graceful insights in Jean Sprackland's inspired fourth collection Jean Sprackland 's poems are an uncommon pleasure to read. They are defined by their hospitable grace. They're easy to take in yet anything but

Book review: The Poets' Daughters, By Katie Waldegrave

Katie Waldegrave could have shown Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge as mere casualties of their respective fathers' possessiveness and neglect: she has plenty of material. But her parallel lives are about affinity and love as much as bad parenting.

Book review: The Forward Book of Poetry 2014

From new sorcerors (Hannah Lowe, Helen Mort) to master wizards (Anne Stevenson, Dannie Abse, Clive James), this latest gathering of poems shortlisted or commended for the Forward prizes spotlights the everyday magic of verse.

Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts - review

The titles alone in Michael Symmons Roberts's Forward-shortlisted new collection make plain the territory we're in: here are pieces called "Song of Ascent", "Through a Glass Darkly", a series of poems titled "The Wounds". There are also plenty of "Hymns"