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The Forward Book of Poetry 2019 by Various Poets, Bidisha, William Sieghart

The Forward Book of Poetry 2019

Various Poets, Bidisha, William Sieghart

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 6 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9780571347674

The Forward Book of Poetry 2019 brings together the best poetry published in the British Isles over the last year, including the winners of the 2018 Forward Prizes.

5 stars out of 5
Bel Mooney
27 Sep 2018

"If I had read only The Republic of Motherhood by Liz Berry, I’d still have been grateful for the annual Forward collection."

If I had read only The Republic of Motherhood by Liz Berry, I’d still have been grateful for the annual Forward collection. In her accomplished stand-out poem, Berry encapsulates the terrifying changes that happen when a woman becomes a mother, donning a ‘uniform . . . smelling of birth and milk.’ Brilliant. As ever, the Forward collection is a cornucopia of sweet and sour delights: you won’t like everything, but what you love makes up for that. There are many poets new to me, as well as distinguished voices such as Ruth Padel, Denise Riley, Jackie Kay and John Kinsella. Why read poetry at all? Because these firework-bursts of words can lighten the darkest skies. 

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