The Hero and the Girl Next Door by Sophie Hannah

The virtuosity and high spirits of Sophie Hannah’s poems are unusual at any time of day. She handles rhymed metrical forms with wily insouciance and passes the ‘memorability test’ with flying colours. A surrealising impulse unsettles even the most tidy of her stanzas with a shrewd imaginative wantonness. Her experiments with subject-matter produce something more…

A Doll for Throwing by Mary Jo Bang

A Doll for Throwing takes its title from the Bauhaus artist Alma Siedhoff-Buscher’s Wurfpuppe, a flexible and durable woven doll that, if thrown, would land with grace. A ventriloquist is also said to “throw” her voice into a doll that rests on the knee. Mary Jo Bang’s prose poems in this fascinating book create a…

Come On All You Ghosts by Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder’s third book mixes humour and invention with love and loss, as when the breath of a lover is compared to “a field of titanium gravestones / growing warmer in the sun.” The title poem is an elegy for the heroes and mentors in the poet’s life–from David Foster Wallace to the poet’s father….

The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx by Tara Bergin

A 2017 Poetry Book Society Recommendation.  Following her 2013 debut This is Yarrow (winner of the Seamus Heaney Prize and the Shine / Strong Award), Tara Bergin returns with her second collection, The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx. The poems draw on folksong, fairytale and theatrical monologue as Bergin explores the alluring and sometimes tragic…

Will You Walk A Little Faster? by Penelope Shuttle

Penelope Shuttle’s new collection explores cities (London, Bristol) on foot and via inward exploration, drawing on architecture, history and personal memory. These are poems drawn from the flipside of experience, undermining and rebuilding syntax in order to precipitate language, and, in the main, abjuring punctuation. The poems also engage both with active and meditative thinking…

Secrets and Confessions

We all have secrets. Would you share yours? Pugging school. Coming out. Accidentally becoming a killer. The people of Scotland confess to their deepest, darkest secrets; acts they regret, childhood adventures, or simply something they want to get off their chests. These revelations are by turns, touching, alarming, macabre and funny. Including stories by well-known…

The Elements Between Us by Ashley Marie Egan

“The Elements Between Us” is a poetry collection about the different relationships we experience in life and the emotional consequences they have on us. The book is divided into four chapters: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water – which touch on subjects from love to loss, womanhood to sensuality, trauma to mental illness, and self-discovery to…

Parallax by Sinéad Morrissey

WINNER OF THE T S ELIOT PRIZE 2013 SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 FORWARD PRIZE In Parallax Sinéad Morrissey documents what is caught, and what is lost, when houses and cityscapes, servants and saboteurs (the different people who lived in sepia’) are arrested in time by photography (or poetry), subjected to the authority of a particular…

An Everyday Thing by Nancy Richardson BLOG TOUR

Nancy Richardson’s poems concern coming of age in the rust-belt of Ohio during a period of decay of the physical and political structures that made the region once solid and predictable. Her poems chart the shifting of the foundations upon which a life is built and the unpredictability of events that have profound personal and…