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…

Milk and Honey

Milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in…

A Choosing: Selected Poems

A stunning new collection of selected works from one of Scotland’s most loved writers. During her career Liz Lochhead has been described variously as a poet, feminist playwright, translator and broadcaster but has said that “when somebody asks me what I do I usually say writer. The most precious thing to me is to be…

Incarnation

Poems about our children and the stories that we tell them. Whether looking at the discourse around pregnancy, describing the pain of childbirth, or thinking about surveillance at soft play, they blur the personal and political. There are also poems about innocence and responsibility which ask what it means to bring new human beings into…

Pillow Thoughts ARC

Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel. Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and raw emotions. It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most. (You deserve flowers on your doorstep and coffee in the morning ) (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 29 August 2017,…

The Road Between ARC

The Road Between by Courtney Peppernell Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing Ebook Expected publication 29 August 2017 288 pages NetGalley Connect with the poet Buy the book: affiliate’s link I was given an ARC by the publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it. WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT The Road Between is poetry well-lived. Poetry for the soul…

How to Wear This Body REVIEW COPY

How to Wear This Body by Hayden Saunier Published by Terrapin Books Paperback Published 18 June 2017 77 pages Review copy Connect with the poet Buy the book: affiliate’s link I was given a copy by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it. WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT If you want to learn how to live on this…

Travel Notes from the River Styx

Travel Notes from the River Styx by Susanna Lang Published by Terrapin Books Paperback Published 26 May 2017 92 pages Review copy Connect with the author Buy the book: UK (affiliate’s link) Buy the book: USA I was given a copy by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it. WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT In the earnest and…

Raptors

Raptors by Toon Tellegen Published by Carcanet Poetry Ebook Published 1 August 2011 96 pages Library book Connect with the author Buy the book: UK (affiliate’s link) Buy the book: USA WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT With tragicomic bravado and psychological insight, this collection paints a turbulent portrait of a father and his family, creating a poetic…