Poetry Books for Christmas

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Poetry Books for Christmas

Post by Macavity » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:32 am

One I'd recommend:

Anecdotal Evidence by Wendy Cope

https://www.faber.co.uk/shop/poetry/978 ... dence.html

Some poems to make you smile, while being insightful.

I recognise these...

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/20 ... en-talking

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Re: Poetry Books for Christmas

Post by David » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:35 pm

I've never really taken to Wendy, and the New Statesman poem is no exception. Skilfully done, but a hackneyed thought?

The best poetry book I've read this year is On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey.

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Re: Poetry Books for Christmas

Post by Macavity » Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:15 am


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Re: Poetry Books for Christmas

Post by David » Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:49 pm

Pam Ayres with muesli.
I was going to ask you who had come up with that trenchant comment, but I won't now. I've followed your link instead. A bit harsh, perhaps?

I see I went on to recommend Wallace Stevens, which was very high-minded of me. Did you investigate him at all?

Actually, I'm currently enjoying The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus - a deaf child of West Indian immigrants to the UK (so far as I can make out). Some of it is remarkable.

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Re: Poetry Books for Christmas

Post by Macavity » Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:09 am

I purchased the Wendy Cope after having read Helen Dunmore's final book Inside the Wave

http://poem-today.tumblr.com/post/16925 ... en-dunmore

The Cope poems cheered me up

https://www.poetryarchive.org/poem/shakespeare-school

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Re: Poetry Books for Christmas

Post by David » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:26 pm

That Dunmore poem is very good, but chillingly so. Don't think I'll rush out to buy that collection.

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