Poetry Books and Pamphlets

Books and Pamphlets I Have Bought and Nearly Read

I have been feeling a little overwhelmed by the number of poetry books and pamphlets out there and the pressure to keep up with them both for the site and for my own learning as a poet. At the moment I don’t really have a sense of how they fit together or what I have learned from them. So I thought the first thing to do was to make a basic list of the publications I have (although there may be others scattered around the house). This isn’t a review, it is a simple list from which I hope to get a sense of how they relate to each other in terms of style and themes. I would love to hear of books/pamphlets you might think I will be interested in reading.

telling talesThe List

Patience Agbabi, Blood Monochrome (Canongate, 2008)
Patience Agbabi, Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014)
kithRaymond Antrobus, Shapes and Disfigurements (Burning Eye, 2012)
Simon Armitage, Paper Aeroplanes (Faber, 2014)
Jo Bell, Kith (Nine Arches Press, 2015)
Jo Bell, Navigation (Moormaid Press, 2014)
Emily Berry, Dear Boy (Faber, 2013)
Liz Berry, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014)
William Blake, Selected Poems (Penguin, 1958)
pepper seedMalika Booker, Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree, 2013)
Malika Booker, Breadfruit (Mouthmark, 2007)
Derrick Buttress, Welcome to the Bike Factory (Shoestring Press, 2014)
Kayo Chingonyi, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012)
John Cooper Clarke, Ten Years in an Open-necked Shirt (Vintage, 2012)
Josephine Corcoran, The Misplaced House (Tall Lighthouse, 2014)
Jude Cowan, For the Messengers (Donut, 2011)
luxury of the dispossessedKwame Dawes, Shook Foil, a selection of reggae poems (Peepal Tree, 1997)
John Donne, Selected Poetry (Oxford World Classics, 1996)
Carol Ann Duffy, The World’s Wife (Picador, 1999)
Dan Duggan, Luxury of the Dispossessed (Influx, 2015)
Ian Duhig, Pandorama (Picador, 2010)
Douglas Dunn, Terry Street (Faber, 1969)
Johnathan Edwards, My Family and other Superheroes (Seren, 2014)
vTS Eliot, Selected Poems (Faber, 1982)
TS Eliot, Little Gidding (Faber, 1942)
Dave Etter, the Essential Dave Etter (Spoon River Poetry, 2001)
Robert Frost, Selected Poems (Penguin, 1973)
Owen Gallagher, Tea with the Taliban (Smokestack, 2012)
Tony Harrison, Selected Poems (Penguin, 1984)
Tony Harrison, V (Bloodaxe, 1985)
Martin Hayes, When We Were Almost Men (Smokestack, 2015)
pig thiefSeamus Heaney, Death of a Naturalist (Faber, 1991)
Seamus Heaney, The Burial at Thebes – Sophocles Antigone (Faber, 2004)
Robin Houghton, The Great Vowel Shift (Telltale, 2014)
Ted Hughes, Crow (Faber, 1972)
Philip Levine, What Works (Alfred A Knopf, 2014)
Philip Levine, Stranger to Nothing (Bloodaxe, 2006)
Fran Lock, The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt, 2014)
Roddy Lumsden, The Bells of Hope (Penned in the Margins, 2102)
art of fallingRoy Marshall, The Sunbathers (Shoestring, 2013)
Richie McCaffery, Spinning Plates (Happenstance, 2012)
John Mole, The Point of Loss (Enitharmon, 2011)
Kim Moore, the Art of Falling (Seren, 2015)
Kim Moore, If we could speak like Wolves (Smith/Doorstep, 2012)
division streetHelen Mort, Division Street (Chatto & Windus, 2013)
Frederico Garcia Lorca, Poet in New York (Penguin, 2002)
Matt Nunn, Sounds in the Grass (Nine Arches Press, 2009)
Dan O’Brien, War Reporter (CB Editions, 2013)
Pascale Petit, The Zoo Father (Seren, 2001)
Pascale Petit, Fauverie (Seren, 2014)
Clare Pollard, Look, Clare! Look! (Bloodaxe, 2005)
Steve Pottinger, More Bees Bigger Bonnets (Ignite, 2015)
Pauline Prior-Pratt, In the Heat of the Moment (Spike, 1991)
O'Sullivan CailleachSam Riviere, 81 Austerities (Faber, 2012)
Anna Robinson, The Finders of London (Enitharmon, 2010)
Declan Ryan, Faber New Poets 12 (Faber, 2014)
Jacob Sam-La Rose, Breaking Silence (Bloodaxe, 2011)
Bewketu Seyoum, In Search of Fat (Defeye, 2012)
Jo Shapcott, Of Mutability (Faber, 2010)
Warsan Shire, Our Men Do Not Belong to Us (Slapering Hol, 2014)
Henry Shukman, Archangel (Cape, 2013)
Richard Siken, Crush (Yale University, 2005)
archangelDaniel Sluman, Absence has its own Presence (Nine Arches, 2012)
Catherine Smith, The Butcher’s Knife (Smith Doorstep, 2003)
Debris Stevenson, Pigeon Party (Flipped Eye, 2014)
Paul Summers, Union (Smokestack, 2011)
Rilke, Selected Poems (Penguin Modern European Poets, 1964)
Kate Tempest, Everything Speaks in its Own Way (Zingaro Books, 2013)
sex & love & rock & rollDylan Thomas, Selected Poems (Everyman, 1997)
Tomas Transtromer, The Deleted World – versions by Robin Robertson (Enitharmon, 2006)
Tony Walsh, Sex & Love & Rock&Roll (Burning Eye, 2013)
Richard Wilbur, Advice to a Prophet (Faber, 1956)
Sam Willetts, New Light for the Old Dark (Cape, 2010)

The Pity – First World War poems by Steve Ely, Zaffa Kunial, Warsan Shire, Deinse Riley & John Glenday (Poetry Society, 2014)
The Forward Book of Poetry 2015
Paul Muldoon (ed), The Faber Book of Beasts (Faber, 1997)
Robin Skelton (ed), Poetry of the Thirties (Penguin, 1964)

The list doesn’t include the various magazines and journals, I didn’t want to overwhelm!


  1. I understand so well feeling overwhelmed! But I’m impressed you got your list in alphabetical order. I think I mentioned Graham Fulton before – I’d definitely recommend him for his sharp, observational humour. And, in a different vein, Katrina Naomi – I love her pamphlet ‘Lunch at the Elephant & Castle’ and her collection ‘The Girl with the Cactus Handshake.’ For political engagement & linguistic fireworks – ‘Whitehall Jackals’ by Chris McCabe & Jeremy Reed (Nine Arches Press). That’s just a few from a quick scan of nearby poetry books and pamphlets…

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  2. Thanks very much Hilaire. Often it is only a matter of cost that stops me buying all of the books. I have yet to make a list and sit in the Poetry Library for a week or more. Peter


    1. Thanks Jenelle. I subscribe to Poetry Magazine and South Bank Poetry. I am a member of the Poetry Society so receive the Poetry Review. Then I buy on occasion a number of the others; Under the Radar, Magma, Ambit, Poetry Wales, Prole, the North, Poetry London, Brittle Star, the Interpreter’s House. Online, I read Guernica, Poems in Which, Hinterland, Clear Poetry, BODY, the Stare’s Nest, Well Versed, and Nutshells and Nuggets. Best wishes, Peter


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