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  • POEM A DAY: ZAKI OVAIS

    Posted on July 10 2020

    Find out more about I Am Rohingya here.

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  • ANNOUNCING THE PBS WORLD CHOICE

    Posted on July 10 2020

    “The poets gathered in the room weren’t just making history... they wanted to mark history”   We're delighted to announce our inaugural PBS World Choice which aims to champion Non-European...

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  • PBS BOOK CLUB #4: ANTHONY ANAXAGOROU & WAYNE HOLLOWAY SMITH

    Posted on July 03 2020

    Thanks to everyone who attended our #pbsonlinebookclub with Wayne Holloway-Smith on instagram live on Wednesday. It was great to hear Wayne talk about his forthcoming collection Love Minus Love with such generosity and openness,...

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  • ANNOUNCING THE PBS AUTUMN SELECTIONS

    Posted on July 02 2020

    We're so excited to announce our PBS Autumn Selections, which have been chosen by our independent panel of poets including Sinead Morrissey, Ilya Kaminsky, Andrew McMillan, Nick Makoha and Mary Jean...

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  • SUMMER WILD CARD: LOVE MINUS LOVE

    Posted on June 26 2020

    Wayne Holloway-Smith: the posh mums are boxing in the square from Bloodaxe Books on Vimeo. Wayne Holloway-Smith's debut, Alarum (Bloodaxe Books, 2017) was a PBS Wildcard Choice for Winter 2017, shortlisted for the...

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  • NEXT PBS BOOK CLUB ON INSTA LIVE 1ST JULY

    Posted on June 25 2020

    There's only 1 week to go before our next #pbsonlinebookclub with Wayne Holloway-Smith. Join PBS Selectors Andrew McMillan and Anthony Anaxagorou to discuss their Wild Card Choice with readings and a live q...

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  • ZOOM LAUNCH: WILL HARRIS & BHANU KAPIL | 2nd JULY

    Posted on June 25 2020

    We're excited to be partnering with our friends at NCLA on their #InsideWriting festival for a zoom live Poetry Book Society showcase on Thursday 2nd July, 7pm BST, featuring PBS choice poets, Will...

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  • SUMMER TRANSLATION CHOICE: CARIBBEAN ANTHOLOGY

    Posted on June 25 2020

    To tie in with the 72nd anniversary of Windrush, we're delighted to announce that the PBS Summer Translation Choice is this bilingual anthology of Caribbean women poets, co-edited and translated...

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  • POEM A DAY: TIPHANIE YANIQUE

    Posted on June 25 2020

      ‘This is the island It is small and vulnerable’ - Tiphanie Yanique Today’s daily poem reminded us of the 72nd anniversary of the arrival of Windrush, the diaspora communities...

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  • PBS SUMMER TRANSLATION CHOICE

    Posted on June 25 2020

    As part of our open access for #BLM, we've opened up access to this extract from Ilya Kaminsky's review of The Sea Needs No Ornament, a bilingual Anthology of Contemporary...

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  • POEM A DAY: FRIDGE

    Posted on June 24 2020

    “I haunt my own home, silent but for the buzzing / of the fridge with the wine in it, with the secret/ light no one can see until they open...

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  • POEM A DAY: O MY SOHO

    Posted on June 23 2020

    In honour of Pride month, our daily poems this week are highlighting the brilliant range of LGBTQ+ poets publishing collections in recent years. First up we have Richard Scott's debut...

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  • POEM A DAY: WINDRUSH 72

    Posted on June 22 2020

    Windrush childBehind youWindrush childpalm trees wave goodbyeabove youWindrush childseabirds asking whyaround youWindrush childblue water rolling bybeside youWindrush childyour Windrush mum and dadthink of storytime yardand mango morningsand new beginningsdoors closing...

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  • POEM A DAY: NATALIE DIAZ

    Posted on June 19 2020

    'THE FIRST WATER IS THE BODY' (AN EXTRACT)The Colorado River is the most endangered river in the United States—also, it is a part of my body. I carry a river. It...

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  • OPEN ACCESS: NATALIE DIAZ

    Posted on June 19 2020

    This week we're sharing this extract from an exclusive interview with Natalie Diaz in our Summer Bulletin. Here Natalie describes the thinking behind her PBS Summer Recommendation, Postcolonial Love Poem:"This...

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  • PBS SUMMER RECOMMENDATION: NATALIE DIAZ

    Posted on June 19 2020

    Postcolonial Love Poem is a thunderous river of a book, an anthem of desire against erasure. It demands that every body carried in its pages - bodies of language, land,...

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  • YOUR SILENCE WILL NOT PROTECT YOU: AUDRE LORDE

    Posted on June 19 2020

     “Poetry lays the foundations for a future of change”—Audre Lorde Your Silence Will Not Protect You collects the essential essays and poems of Audre Lorde for the first time, including the classic ‘The...

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  • FREE TOTE FOR NEW CHOICE MEMBERS

    Posted on June 19 2020

    To share the love with our poetry community this summer, we're offering this beautiful FREE TOTE BAG to all new Choice members joining the Poetry Book Society. These fair trade and...

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  • POEM A DAY: OCEAN VUONG

    Posted on June 18 2020

      ‘The refugee camp sick with smoke and half-sung’ - Self Portrait as Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong. ‘The refugee camp sick with smoke and half-sung’- Self Portrait as Exit...

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  • OPEN ACCESS: BHANU KAPIL

    Posted on June 17 2020

    We're delighted to share this extract from Bhanu Kapil's incredible commentary on the PBS Summer Choice How to Wash A Heart from our Summer Bulletin. "The entire book arrived all at...

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  • POEM A DAY: BHANU KAPIL

    Posted on June 17 2020

    The art of crisisIs that you no longerThink of homeAs a place for social respite - How To Wash A Heart, Bhanu Kapil, PBS Summer 2020 Choice #RefugeeWeek2020 #poetry #poetrycommunity #books  

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  • BHANU KAPIL VIDEO INTERVIEW

    Posted on June 17 2020

    This week #pbsonlinebookclub featured Bhanu Kapil's extraordinary PBS Summer Choice, How To Wash a Heart. Despite a few technical hiccups, during which Patricia almost whipped out her unicycle party trick, Andrew...

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  • OPEN ACCESS: RANJIT HOSKOTE

    Posted on June 14 2020

    We're delighted to share another extract from our members' PBS Summer Bulletin. Here, PBS Recommendation Ranjit Hoskote describes the influences behind The Atlas of Lost Beliefs: "I was born and...

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  • MEET RANJIT HOSKOTE: PBS SUMMER RECOMMENDATION

    Posted on June 14 2020

        We're delighted that The Atlas of Lost Beliefs has been chosen by our PBS Selectors Sandeep Parmar and Andrew McMillan as a Summer Recommendation. Ranjit Hoskote belongs to the...

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  • A POET'S LIFE BY RANJIT HOSKOTE

    Posted on June 14 2020

    The Poet's LifeHe married birdsong.He sailed to the black island.He survived gunshots.He wore a sweatshirt under his linen jacket.He talked to parrots in Greek.He excavated lighthouses by night.He asked to...

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  • OPEN ACCESS: JAY BERNARD ON SURGE

    Posted on June 14 2020

    In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and in remembrance of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, we're opening up access to highlights from our archives which speak to this important issue. Today we're...

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  • POEM A DAY: JAY BERNARD

    Posted on June 14 2020

      Today's poem is from recent PBS Recommendation Surge by Jay Bernard, part of our Black Lives Matter reading list here. We've also opened up access to Jay's powerful statement about their...

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  • OPEN ACCESS: SEÁN HEWITT

    Posted on June 13 2020

    Here's an exclusive sneak preview from Seán Hewitt's powerful write up in the PBS Summer Bulletin: "I have two poetic fascinations: a poetry of the body, which is an inheritance...

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  • SEÁN HEWITT: SUMMER RECOMMENDATION

    Posted on June 13 2020

    We're delighted to present our Summer Recommendation Tongues of Fire by Seán Hewitt. Written with rare musicality and grace, at turns searing and meditative, these are lyrics concerned with the matter of...

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  • POEM A DAY: LEAF

    Posted on June 13 2020

    “For even in the nighttime of lifeit is worth living just to hold it” - Séan Hewitt, Tongues of Fire, PBS Summer Recommendation.PBS members can order Tongues of Fire here...

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  • PAMPHLET CHOICE: ALYCIA PIRMOHAMED

    Posted on June 12 2020

    We're delighted to announce that our Summer Pamphlet Choice is Hinge by Alycia Pirmohamed who won second place in our Student Poetry Prize in 2017! We're so excited to be...

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  • POEM A DAY: ALYCIA PIRMOHAMED

    Posted on June 12 2020

    From Hinge by Alycia Pirmohamed, the PBS Summer Pamphlet Choice. Available to pre-order here.

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  • SUMMER PAMPHLET CHOICE: ALYCIA PIRMOHAMED

    Posted on June 12 2020

    From Hinge by Alycia Pirmohamed, the PBS Summer Pamphlet Choice. Available to pre-order here.

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  • FREE TOTE FOR GIFT MEMBERS

    Posted on June 12 2020

    To share the love, we're offering a free gift parcel containing poetry book and a FREE tote bag featuring this stunning quote from Ocean Vuong when you buy a Poetry Book Society...

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  • BLACK LIVES MATTER READING INSPIRATION

    Posted on June 12 2020

     “Poetry lays the foundations for a future of change”—Audre Lorde, Your Silence Will Not Protect YouInpress and the PBS stand to denounce racism in all its forms and have pledged to...

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  • 2020 FORWARD PRIZE SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED

    Posted on June 12 2020

    The shortlists for the Forward Prizes for Poetry were announced this week to honour excellence in contemporary poetry published in UK and Ireland. We're delighted to see so many PBS poets...

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  • OPEN ACCESS: JERICHO ON THE TRADITION

    Posted on June 08 2020

    In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement we've been opening up our archives to share some incredible articles from our members' magazine by powerful black voices. Today we're offering an insight...

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  • STATEMENT: WE STAND TO DENOUNCE RACISM IN ALL ITS FORMS

    Posted on June 05 2020

        We stand to denounce racism in all its forms.  We, the undersigned from the cultural sector of the North East, declare that silence is not ok and silence...

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  • POEM A DAY: BULLET POINTS BY JERICHO BROWN

    Posted on June 05 2020

    Bullet Points I will not shoot myself In the head, and I will not shoot myselfIn the back, and I will not hang myselfWith a trashbag, and if I do, I...

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  • NEXT INSTA LIVE BOOK CLUB: 10th JUNE

    Posted on May 29 2020

    Join us on Wednesday 10th June for the next PBS Insta Live Book Club with Andrew McMillan and special guest Bhanu Kapil, to discuss the PBS Summer Choice How to...

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  • LOVE POETRY? JOIN THE PBS

    Posted on May 29 2020

    We're so excited to reveal this sneak preview of the PBS Summer Bulletin, which is on its way to members alongside Bhanu Kapil's brilliant PBS Summer Choice How to Wash...

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  • POEM A DAY: DANEZ SMITH

    Posted on May 29 2020

    ‘I’m going back to Minnesota where sadness makes sense’- Danez Smith Todays #dailypoem was selected by PBS Member Ankita from our PBS Recommendation Homie by Danez Smith to mark the Black Lives Matter Protests...

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  • POEM A DAY: ST JOHN'S WORT

    Posted on May 28 2020

    'Something akin To happiness' More copies of Tongues on Fire by Seán Hewitt just arrived! Available to order here with 25% off for PBS Members. 

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  • PASSPORT TO HERE AND THERE

    Posted on May 27 2020

          From Passport to Here and There by Grace Nichols, published by Bloodaxe Books, PBS Summer Special Commendation. Available to pre-order here with 25% PBS Member discount.

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  • MEET GRACE NICHOLS: SUMMER SPECIAL COMMENDATION

    Posted on May 27 2020

    In Passport to Here and There Grace Nichols traces a journey that moves from the coastal memories of a Guyana childhood to life in Britain and her adoptive Sussex landscape. In these...

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  • HUG POEM CARDS

    Posted on May 27 2020

    Our friends at @oneplumpoem have created a beautiful card featuring this poem hug by Grace Nichols to cheer up your friends and family. The perfect poetic pick-me-up for self-isolating poetry fans, children...

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  • POEM A DAY: PAUSE

    Posted on May 27 2020

    They’ve come: a few birds and a black thought... life flows on, resembling life - Octavio Paz, translated by  Eliot Weinberger A poem for mental health awareness week to help...

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  • POEM A DAY: RILKE

    Posted on May 27 2020

      Let everything happen to you Beauty and terror Just keep going No feeling is final - An extract from Rilke’s Book of Hours in this beautiful edition which I...

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