in response to the Guardian’s best poetry books, here’s my instinctive list, with some apologies to poets who have also had books out this year, I haven’t got around to reading them all yet as my Pile of Guilt is a bit over-subscribed. In no order of preference:
#1 Heather Phillipson’s Instant-Flex 718 - ludic, sassy, super intelligent with quirk AND warmth
#2 Sara Peters 1996 - teen noir, unsettling, squished with brilliant lines, want-to-read-aloud-in-the-bath poems
#3 Emily Berry’s Dear Boy - oh my heart I felt this book, its heart and its humour, full of Hit Singles
#4 Chrissy Williams’ Flying into the Bear - inventive and fun and full of charm
#5 Follow the Trail of the Moths, edited by Wayne Holloway-Smith - a cross-section diagram of some of the best poets writing at the moment
#6 Camellia Stafford’s Letters to the Sky - a back-stage pass to a beautiful interior world
#7 Julia Bird’s Twenty-Four Seven Blossom - eccentric as a destitute aristocrat and replete with panache and tragedy
#8 Stop/Sharpening/Your/Knives 5 stand-out poems from Emily Toder and Rachael Allen, a welcome detour from the lyric poem
#9 Anne Carson’s Red Doc > look Amy! Rethink poems!
#10 Nia Davies’ Then Spree - I am thinking of this as a gorgeous aperitif for what is going to be a brilliant book
#11 Claire Trévien's The Shipwrecked House so diverse it's a Now That's What I Call Poetry
Remember a day before today
when the wooden lady sang –
her scarlet hands and the view
that vanished as the stars rose
its mystery sealed in a tar-bound
trunk and you couldn’t remember
what the sound of tapping heels
could mean or whose locket was lost
at the crumbling wall but then
those clues disguised in the seesaw’s
haul or glockenspiel struck
at the crux of the sun
On Thursday 28 November Camellia Stafford and I launched our debut collections Letters to the Sky and Luxe with a lovely party at Paper Dress Vintage.
You can order a copy of Luxe here.
You can order a copy of Letters to the Sky here.
Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate with us.
Last month, out intrepid poets-in-residence, Amy Key and Nia Davies, were in Shingle Street on the Suffolk coast for a week of writing, homesteading and blogging. Thank you to Poetry School trustee Daphne Astor and her friend Tim Miller (owner of the Shingle Street cottage) for offering this residency opportunity. Amy and Nia were kind enough…
Best Friends Forever (BFF) is a new anthology of poems on female friendship edited by Amy Key, to be published by The Emma Press. This new anthology aims to reflect the scale of intensity within female friendships – the intimate and the casual, the life sustaining and the life changing, as well as the tensions…
OMG! Luxe is coming!
The spooky sounds of Shingle Street & my really excellent word choice