Tuesday, December 04, 2012

News at Eleven (Back Page): And then there's Josephine Hart's Life Saving:

Why We Need Poetry (Virago), which collects the introductions she gave to a score of great 19th and 20th-century poets at her Poetry Hour events. Each of the sharp and insightful mini-essays is accompanied by a brief selection from the poet's work.

Two other volumes deserve mention. If you don't want to make the investment of time and money in the work of a single poet, the Forward Book of Poetry 2013 provides a one-volume snapshot of the current state of the art (it also contains pieces from several of the above collections). And Rachel Rooney's The Language of Cat (Frances Lincoln Children's Books), winner of the CLPE poetry award, is something rare--a poetry book for children that doesn't patronise its intended audience with bum jokes or lower its linguistic ambitions.

from The Guardian: Christmas gifts 2012: the best poetry books
then The Star Tribune: Powerful poems unflinching and beautiful
then Telegraph: Christmas 2012: Poetry of the year
then The ChronicleHerald: New poets bring Layton to mind


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