Poetry by individual poets

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  • 36 ways of writing a Vietnamese poem

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    36 ways of writing a Vietnamese poem

    ’36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem’ is an urgent, unsettling reckoning with identity – and the violence of identity. For Le, a Vietnamese refugee in the West, this means the assumed violence of racism, oppression and historical trauma. But it also means the violence of that assumption. Of being always assumed to be outside one’s home, country, culture or language. And the complex violence – for the diasporic writer who wants to address any of this – of language itself. Making use of multiple tones, moods, masks and camouflages, Le’s poetic debut moves with unpredictable and destabilizing energy between the personal and political. As self-indicting as it is scathing, hilarious as it is desperately moving, this is a singular, breakthrough book.

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  • A Shropshire lad

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    A Shropshire lad

    HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics.

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  • A year of last things

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    A year of last things

    Born in Sri Lanka during the Second World War, Ondaatje was sent as a child to school in London, and later moved to Canada. While he has lived here since, these poems reflect the life of a writer, traveller and watcher of the world – describing himself as a ‘mongrel,’ someone born out of diverse cultures. Here, rediscovering the influence of every border crossed, he moves back and forth in time, from a childhood in Sri Lanka to Moliere’s chair during his last stage performance, from icons in Bulgarian churches to the California coast and loved Canadian rivers, merging memory with the present, looking back on a life of displacement and discovery, love and loss. At first sight it is a glittering collection of fragments and memories – but small, intricate pieces of a life are precisely what matter most to Ondaatje. They make an emotional history.

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  • After you were, I am

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    After you were, I am

    The book’s three sections – ingenious rewritings of canonical prayers, dramatic monologues from the Pendle witch trials of 1612, and the divine tragedy of the Elizabethan magus John Dee – obsess over individual human characters and how our past informs (and informs on) our present. Ralphs’s style is utterly distinctive; she is a modern metaphysical, tapping into a haunting, era-spanning utterance enlivened by the electric pulse of wordplay and imaginative conceit. This is poetry that in comprehending the past manages to make of it something utterly original and contemporary.

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  • An Aviary of Small Birds

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    An Aviary of Small Birds

    This debut collection of elegies addresses the author’s baby son who died in childbirth.

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  • Blood salt spring

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    Blood salt spring

    Blood Salt Spring is a meditation on where we are – exploring ideas of nation, race and belonging. Much of the collection tackles the isolation and traumas of 2020, but it also looks to find some meaning and makes an attempt to heal the pain and vulnerabilities that were picked and cut open again in the recent cultural shifts and political wars.

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  • Blossomise

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    Blossomise

    ‘Blossomise’ celebrates the ecstatic arrival of spring blossom just as it acknowledges, too, its melancholy disappearance. Full of energetic leaps of imagination and language, the twenty-two poems hopscotch between intense momentary haikus that honour the Japanese traditions of the blossom festival and stand-alone lyrical pieces that take in the stylistic tones of ballads, hymns, songs, prayers and nursery rhymes. From a crashed Ford Capri wrapped around the immovable trunk of a cherry tree, to saplings flourishing among skyscrapers and urban sprawl, the fizz and froth of the annual blossom display is explored here both as an exuberant emblem of the natural world and a nervous marker of our vulnerable climate.

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  • Bright fear

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    Bright fear

    These poems engage fearlessly with intertwined themes of identity, multilingualism and postcolonial legacy. Questions of acceptance and assimilation are both explored through a family’s evolving dynamics and exposed through close attention to the microaggressions of queerphobia and the anti-Asian racism that accompanied the Covid pandemic. Yet ‘Bright Fear’ remains deeply attuned to moments of beauty, tenderness and grace. It asks how we might find a home within our own bodies, in places both distant and near, and in the ‘constructed space’ of the poem. The contemplative central sequence, Ars Poetica, traces the radically healing and transformative role of poetry during the poet’s teenage and adult years, culminating in a polyphonic reconciliation of tongues.

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  • Cane, corn & gully

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    Cane, corn & gully

    ‘Cane, Corn & Gulley’ is a genealogical and autobiographical collection which unites dance and poetry to observe, question and ruminate on what it means to adopt, perform, and pass down the notion of black West Indian femininity. Using labanotation and rhythm to analyse movement from Caribbean dances to movements carried out in everyday rituals, Kinshasa uses these motifs as a form of cartography for the poems.

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  • Choose Love

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    Choose Love

    In this moving sequence of poems Nicola Davies’s text combines with the superbly evocative illustrations of Petr Horácek to provide insight into the real-life experiences of refugees forced to leave their homes and previous lives behind to face an unknown future.

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  • Christmas Eve at The Moon Under Water

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    Christmas Eve at The Moon Under Water

    An enchanting Christmas poem from Carol Ann Duffy, complete with gorgeous illustrations from Margaux Carpentier.

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  • Complete Poems

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    Complete Poems

    Despite his tragically short life, John Keats, a self-confessed ‘rebel Angel’, endures for many as a personification of the Romantic age.

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  • Contains mild peril

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    Contains mild peril

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  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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    Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a poet of passion, wit, and conscience. She was also a woman who wrote to speak the truth about everything she knew – and she knew just what it was like to be a thinking woman in a society that wanted women to be weak. The eldest of twelve children, she wrote poetry from the age of eleven, and became a highly successful poet in her lifetime – and very much loved today. She was also a strong advocate for human rights, campaigning to abolish slavery and child labour, and her three-part poem ‘A Curse for a Nation’ is a powerful polemic against the slave trade.

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  • Farrago

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    Farrago

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  • Feminine gospels

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    Feminine gospels

    A dazzling, dashing collection from the former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, reissued in the Picador Collection.

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