Poetry collections always make lovely gifts for the reader. Books can be hard to buy as gifts, especially for readers as you often don’t know what they love, or what they’ve already read. But a collection of poetry is like a garden you can wander through the gate of whenever you like, spending a few moments or a few hours!
When many of us think of poetry we often think of stuffy tomes and undecipherable old English but modern poetry isn’t like that at all, and to show you, we’ve put together a list of 5 poetry collections, all released in recent years and all bright, modern, relatable and engaging and by poets who are very much still alive.
Check these out!
You Took The Last Bus Home – Brian Bilston
Fans of our social media pages may already have heard of Brian Bilston. Bilston is the Twitter Poet Laureate as far as we’re concerned and he writes fun and visually pleasing poetry about all sorts, the world, life, and buses…. Apparently! You Took the Last Bus Home is out in paperback on Thursday and I’m really hoping it’s in my Christmas stocking!
Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
Social Media seems to lend itself to poetry, and here’s another poet that make her name on social platforms, amassing 1.3 million Instagram followers. Milk and Honey is a New York Times bestseller and has already sold almost 100,000 copies. The collection contains themes of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity, and the very least you should do right now is follow Rupi on Instagram!
A Poem for Every Day of the Year – Edited by Allie Esiri
This one is a collection from various poets and as it contains a poem for each day of the year, we think it would make the perfect Christmas gift. There are 366 poems in all and the collection is funny, thoughtful, inspiring and empowering.
Her – Pierre Alex Jeanty
Her is specifically a collection about women, their strengths and beauties. Written by Pierre Alex Jeanty whose style is short and punchy with instant flow. This collection was released back in February, but Her II came out in August so there’s even a follow up collection too!
Bantam – Jackie Kay
Jackie Kay is the Scottish Makar right now, that’s a kind of bard or poet laureate for the uninitiated, and her collection Bantam was released last month to much applause. The poetry in Bantam is all connected, bringing three generations into sharp focus in a collection that sings of what connects us, and what divides us in the times of uncertainty in which we live.
The poem instantly became a symbol of the proud and resilient city. Its lines now adorn walls and buildings, offering snippets of hope and strength to its inhabitants. The poem, it seemed, now belonged to the city.
Its creator, Tony Walsh, has since decided to officially ‘gift’ the poem to Manchester, hoping its use will help raise money for thousands of community projects for the city. The popularity of the poem had grown to the point that big corporations were using lines from it without permission, and without any recompense for Manchester and its people.
She began signing and dating poems from 1842 and wrote a variety of romantic, devotional and children’s poems. However, she is least known for her best known works.
The poem In the Bleak Midwinter was written by Rossetti in January 1872, titled “A Christmas Carol”. In 1906 the poem was put to music by Gustav Holst, appearing in the English Hymnal and was then composed by Harold Edwin Darke in a later version now popular with choirs. Read More
When many of us think of poetry we often think of stuffy tomes and undecipherable old English but modern poetry isn’t like that at all, and to show you, we’ve put together a list of 5 poetry collections, all released in recent years and all bright, modern, relatable and engaging and by poets who are very much still alive. Read More
Every year the Royal British Legion put on displays across the land, usually incorporating the red poppy, the symbol of Remembrance and this year that display includes a very famous poem. Read More
Based in Minnesota, the Button Poetry organisation is dedicated to bringing us performance poetry from a host of talented poets. Some of the poets tug at your heart, while others make you laugh at their clever commentary and witty prose. Even if you are not a fan of poetry, performance poetry is more accessible, inclusive, and exciting than you would imagine.
Content warning: Strong language and intense themes.
Owen was killed in action on 4th November 1918 during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal exactly one week (almost to the hour) before the signing of the Armistice which ended the war. Because of his death, much of his work was published posthumously. Read More