Light filters in – Poems by Caroline Kaufman

I was kindly contacted by Harper Collins and given a list of books to choose from to review. I chose this and they kindly sent me a ‘sneak peek’ of what it will look like when published. They also sent a lovely little bookmark and who doesn’t need more bookmarks (not me) So a huge thank you to the lovely folk at Harper Collins. I hadn’t heard of Caroline Kaufman before receiving this but she began by posting her poetry on Instagram and you can find her there as @poeticpoison So what did I think? Hey you have a book

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Poems for a world gone to sh*t – Review

This was lovely surprise bookmail from Quercus a few days ago.  They are a fabulous publisher who have been very kind to me over the years, so a big thank you to them. Poetry is something I really enjoy and a little book like this to dip in and out of is always welcome. Hey you have a book to review! Whats it called? Poems for a world gone to sh*t Who wrote it? No one author, Its a compilation of poems, old and new Whats it about? Poems to make life better in this messed up world we live

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Best Loved Poems – A Treasury of Verse by Ana Sampson

I’ve loved reading poetry for 40 years now and this book is such a wonderful addition to my bookshelves. Its a beautiful naked hardback with as you can see the prettiest of covers and some beautiful teal blue end papers. Its perfect for picking up whenever you need a little lift or a laugh or the perfect words to say something. It contains such a fascinting mix of poetry spanning hundreds of years from Shakespeare to the present day and is split into sections like; love, war, lost love, poems remembered from childhood etc. In here there are so many

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Why I said YES YES to poetry

Sorry about the title of this post, its a bit punny but what the heck eh? With my newly rediscovered love of poetry i’ve been watching a lot of booktuber videos for good recommendations. One of them who give THE best advice on poetry is of course Jen Campbell¬†¬† @aeroplanegirl on Twitter. I recently saw her talking about a book called Some Planet by John Montara (see pic below) This book sounded so damn amazing I had to investigate the publisher and get me a copy. I cheekily asked the publisher if they would send me a book for review

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Review: Ten War Poems edited by Andrew Motion

I saw this on a friends Twitter feed and immediately contacted Candlestick Press to see if they had a spare copy, and they very kindly sent me one. It is a small poetry pamphlet which is designed to be something you could send as a card to someone. It comes with an envelope for posting and a stylish bookmark too. What a lovely and very original idea. The Ten poems have been chosen by Andrew Motion, one of which, The Gardener has been written by him. Initially I thought it was all poems about World War 1, but its about

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How I found poetry again

35 or more years ago I discovered and fell in love with poetry. I was a young teenager and the television adaptation of Testament of Youth came on the box. I had not heard of the book before but I just fell in love with Vera Brittain’s story and began reading more about World War One and the incredibly moving and haunting poetry it begat. I read Owen, Sassoon and others in a compilation but the first book I bought was Rupert Brooke’s collected works. I just adored his simple but very lyrical style. I moved onto A.E. Housman’s, A

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