Ariel by Sylvia Plath

The poems in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, including many of her best-known such as ‘Lady Lazarus’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Edge’ and ‘Paralytic’, were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath’s first book, The Colossus, and her death in 1963. ‘If the poems are despairing, vengeful and destructive, they are at the same time tender, open to…

Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed

all of the unsleeping. gold sweeping. poems. i have in my hands. ***  [i am writing this book / ii am writing a daughter (NEJMA)} *** (Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 16 June 2014, bought from Amazon) *** This is actually my last read of 2017. I managed to squeeze one more in. *** BUY ***…

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honouring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun…

Poems 1960-2000 by Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock is one of Britain’s most accomplished poets. Her poised, ironic poems are tense and tightly controlled as well as shrewdly laconic, and often chilling as she unmasks the deceptions of love or unravels family lives. Disarmingly conversational in style, they are remarkable for their psychological insight and their unsentimental, mischievously casual view of…

The Autistic Alice by Joanne Limburg

There are two acts of recovery in this book – one of a lost brother, and another of a lost self. Joanne Limburg commemorates both in her third collection, The Autistic Alice. In its title-sequence she uses Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass to explore her own experiences as a girl and young woman….

Carrying the Songs by Moya Cannon

Carrying the Songs explores what is lost to time and change, and what endures and is transformed: languages and landscapes, artefacts and songs, carried through a lifetime, across oceans, across centuries. A long-forgotten Gaelic word surfaces from childhood and is reanimated by use; a tiny Stone Age carving speaks across millennia of a shared human…

Rooms REVIEW COPY

Rooms is lyrical and meditative, painterly, erotic, and philosophical. The book is thematically and structurally a unity, but a unity of many parts, one and multiple. Rooms, many-chambered, purposeful and highly stylized yet light, light and airy as a beehive. Rooms plays like late 20th century blues-inflected jazz. There are multiple melodies, linked through motifs…

Smoke & Mirrors ARC

Smoke & Mirrors is the third book from internationally bestselling poet Michael Faudet, author of Bitter Sweet Love and Dirty Pretty Things—both finalists in the 2016 and 2015 Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards. Michael Faudet’s latest book takes the reader on an emotionally charged journey, exploring the joys of falling madly in love and the melancholy world of the broken-hearted. Beautifully captured in poetry, prose,…

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

What elevates ‘teaching my mother how to give birth’, what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire’s ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times – as in Tayeb Salih’s work – and translating…

Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2011

A celebrated winner of fiction’s Orange Prize, Helen Dunmore is as spellbinding a storyteller in her poetry as in her novels. As in her fiction, these haunting narratives draw us into darkness, engaging our fears and hopes in poetry of rare luminosity. Her poems also cast a bright, revealing light on the living world, by…

Songs from Two Continents

Songs from Two Continents is a paean on ‘dualities’. Here, Europe and Asia entwine, life and death stalk each other, nationalities fuse and Good and Evil wrestle relentlessly to give meaning to existence. Like such pathfinders as Nzim Hikmet and Orhan Veli before him, Moris Farhi adheres to the ethos of Turkish folk poetry –…

Ovid’s Heroines

Ovid’s Heroides, written in Rome sometime between 25 and 16 BC, was once his most popular work. The title translates as “Heroines.” It is a series of poems in the voices of women from Greek and Roman myth – including Phaedra, Medea, Penelope, and Ariadne – addressed to the men they love. Clare Pollard’s new…