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  • POEM A DAY: TS ELIOT

    Posted on May 27 2020

    Do I dare to eat a peach? Today’s daily poem is an extract from the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by our founder TS Eliot. #keepcalmandreadpoems If you'd like to...

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  • POEM A DAY: WHAT IS HAPPINESS

    Posted on May 26 2020

    What is happiness?... we remember it and it reminds us. - Rutger Kopland, Memories of the Unknown, Maclehose Press. Join the Poetry Book Society for a world of poetry delivered...

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  • POEM A DAY: MORNING

    Posted on May 22 2020

    ‘A huge sun greater than the light’- Morning by George Seferis A poem to start your day with some Greek sunshine. For more poetic inspiration and a year of thoughtfully...

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  • MEET ELLA FREARS

    Posted on May 21 2020

    Ella Frears is a poet and visual artist. Her pamphlet, Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity was published by Goldsmiths Press. She’s had poems in the LRB, Poetry London, Ambit, and The Rialto among others and was a finalist for the Arts Foundation...

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  • POEM A DAY: WALLACE STEVENS

    Posted on May 21 2020

          The summer night is like a perfection of thought. The house was quiet because it had to be. - Wallace Stevens #keepcalmandreadpoems #poemaday #dailypoems 

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  • PBS ONLINE BOOKCLUB WITH ELLA FREARS

    Posted on May 21 2020

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  • POEM A DAY: ELLA FREARS

    Posted on May 20 2020

    'How will we go on after, I thought' - Ella Frears, Shine, Darling Join us tonight at 7pm for a poetry reading by Ella Frears and a live Q &...

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  • HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO ELLA FREARS

    Posted on May 20 2020

    Happy book birthday to another of our PBS Summer Recommendations SHINE, DARLING by Ella Frears! To celebrate its official publication yesterday our friends at the Scottish Poetry library produced a podcast...

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  • POEM A DAY: ALICE OSWALD

    Posted on May 18 2020

    'It’s night and somebody’s Pushing his mower home To the moon' - Marginalia at the Edge of the Evening by Alice Oswald, Woods etc Follow our daily poems on social...

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  • POEM A DAY: SARAH BROOM

    Posted on May 16 2020

    Now - are you here? Are you here? - from Tigers at Awhitu by Sarah Broom Join the Poetry Book Society here for a year of inspiring poetry parcels and...

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  • POEM A DAY: BHANU KAPIL

    Posted on May 15 2020

    A door opened in the side Of sheer rock I stepped through it. Images of an alternative life Filled my psyche Like wet owls. - Bhanu Kapil, How To Wash...

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  • PBS BOOK CLUB NEXT WEDNESDAY 20th MAY

    Posted on May 13 2020

    Tune in to Instagram Live @poetrybooksociety next Wednesday the 20th May for our next PBS online bookclub hosted by Andrew McMillan and Patricia the Pug. This time we'll be focusing...

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  • POEM A DAY: HAFEZ

    Posted on May 13 2020

    One for those who are struggling to see the light. A stunning poem by Hafez from the Winning Words anthology, available to order here with your 25% PBS Member discount....

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  • POEM A DAY: LIFE

    Posted on May 12 2020

    From Beyond the Barbed Wire by Abdellatif Laâbi, translated by Andre Naffis- Sahely, published by Carcanet Press.

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  • LAST CHANCE TO JOIN FOR SUMMER

    Posted on May 11 2020

    This week is your last chance to join the Poetry Book Society for our summer mailing! The final cut off date for our Summer mailing list is the 15th of...

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  • POEM A DAY: ITHACA

    Posted on May 11 2020

        Ithaca by C P Cavafy, translated by Daniel Mendelsohn. A reminder today that it’s the journey not the destination that counts. What does Ithaca mean to you? For...

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  • POEM A DAY: TANIKAWA

    Posted on May 10 2020

    From New and Selected Poems by the Japanese poet Shuntaro Tanikawa who featured on this wonderful Radio 4 programme earlier this week. Have a listen here.

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  • POEM A DAY: THIS IS THE QUESTION

    Posted on May 09 2020

    Here, I say. These words- #dailypoem from Claire Crowther’s Solar Cruise, a PBS Spring Recommendation which tackles the climate emergency and the overlaps of science and poetry. Available to order here with your...

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  • VE DAY POEM

    Posted on May 08 2020

    ‪‘We have come through’ ‬ ‪For the 75th anniversary of #VEDay the Imperial War Museum have released this poignant long-lost Edmund Blunden poem, V Day.‬ You can find out more about the...

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  • POEM A DAY: DUPLEX

    Posted on May 07 2020

        ‘I begin with love, hoping to end there’ - Congratulations to @jerichobrown who has just been awarded a #PulitzerPrize @PulitzerPrizes

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  • ONLINE BOOK CLUB VIDEO

    Posted on May 07 2020

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  • POEM A DAY: WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS

    Posted on May 06 2020

    A burst of iris... - William Carlos Williams #keepcalmandreadpoems #dailypoem #poemaday Join the Poetry Book Society for a year of poetry parcels and plenty more inspiration here.

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  • POEM A DAY: MARTHA SPRACKLAND

    Posted on May 05 2020

    Everybody Wishes We had Never Started playing’- from Martha Sprackland’s new collection Citadel #keepcalmandreadpoems #dailypoem #books. Join the Poetry Book Society today here.

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  • POEM A DAY: A PORTABLE PARADISE

    Posted on May 04 2020

    ‘Shine the lamp on it like the fresh hope / of morning’ - Your #dailypoem comes from #RSLOndaatje prize winner Roger Robinson’s A Portable Paradise #keepcalmandreadpoems. Order your copy here...

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  • POEM A DAY: AFTER THIS FLOOD

    Posted on May 03 2020

    'After this flood / I’d like to see the dove' - Ingeborg Bachmann, Darkness Spoken.

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  • POEM A DAY: JERICHO BROWN

    Posted on May 02 2020

    A poem is a gesture toward home - Jericho Brown, The Tradition A reminder that not everyone can stay safe at home #domesticviolenceawareness

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  • POEM A DAY: PHILIP LARKIN

    Posted on May 01 2020

    Their greenness is a kind of grief....Begin afresh, afresh, afresh- Philip Larkin, The TreesA poem for May Day #dailypoem #keepcalmandreadpoemsJoin the Poetry Book Society for more poetic inspiration at www.poetrybooksociety.co.uk.

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  • POEM A DAY: QUARANTINE

    Posted on April 30 2020

    To commemorate #PoetryDayIreland today is another incredibly moving poem by #EavanBoland who sadly passed away this week. The last line about human tenderness in the face of darkness resonated deeply. You can find out more...

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  • PBS ONLINE BOOK CLUB!

    Posted on April 29 2020

          We're so excited to reveal our  #pbsonlinebookclub will launch 7pm next Wednesday 6th May on Instagram Live @PoetryBookSociety co-hosted by poet and PBS Selector Andrew McMillan & his poetic pug...

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  • POEM A DAY: DYLAN THOMAS

    Posted on April 29 2020

    ‪‘Do not go gentle into that good night‬‪Rage, rage against the dying of the light’‬ ‪- Time for another classic by Dylan Thomas from the Winning Words anthology - a...

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  • EAVAN BOLAND OBITUARY

    Posted on April 28 2020

    We're saddened to hear that one of Ireland’s most distinguished poets, Eavan Boland has died suddenly at the age of 75 from a stroke. Her work redefined Irish poetry, as...

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  • POEM A DAY: TERRANCE HAYES

    Posted on April 27 2020

    ‘That makes me weep for another life. Define life’ - Terrance Hayes’ blistering American Sonnets for my past & future assassin were written in the first 200 days of Trump’s...

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  • POEM A DAY: NERUDA

    Posted on April 25 2020

    ‪ 'This is how you become everything that lives’ ‬ ‪-This weekend’s armchair travels have taken me to Chile with Pablo Neruda’s poetry. Where are you (armchair) travelling today? #dailypoem #armchairtravels #keepcalmandreadpoems ‬

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  • POEM A DAY: BHANU KAPIL

    Posted on April 24 2020

    ‘... even if somethingGoes wrong.That’s exactly how it’s meant to be’- Bhanu Kapil, How To Wash A Heart This vivid joy arrived today - the PBS Summer Choice 💚💚💚💚 Join the...

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  • POEM A DAY: I DREW A LINE

    Posted on April 22 2020

      Today’s #poemaday is from Dutch poet Toon Tellegen. It made me think about all the lines we’re drawing around our lives, the fragility of social responsibility and towing the...

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  • WRITE WHERE WE ARE NOW

    Posted on April 22 2020

    Former Poet Laureate  Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University have brought together poets from around the world to write new poems about the recent...

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  • A POEM FOR EARTH DAY

    Posted on April 22 2020

    "Remember you are this universe and this universe is you."  - Joy Harjo, Remember Happy #EarthDay50! Here's an extra #poemaday to remind you of all we have to celebrate and...

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  • POEM A DAY: ADONIS

    Posted on April 21 2020

      Nighttime nostalgia with Syrian poet Adonis. Let’s walk again in the gardens of our high days but not quite yet #stayhome! Instead let us bring a whole world of...

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  • POEM A DAY: THE ROBIN

    Posted on April 20 2020

    ‪‘The end‬‪Of a day, brightening’‬ ‪#keepcalmandreadpoems #poemaday  Thanks to The Gallery Press for delivering John McAuliffe’s brilliant new book The Kabul Olympics hot off the press. ‬Look out for a review...

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  • POEM A DAY: SIMON ARMITAGE

    Posted on April 19 2020

    Today’s #poemaday is a new lockdown poem by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage published in the SundayTimes today #keepcalmandreadpoems. Join the Poetry Book Society today & get a FREE poetry book. Stay safe everyone - thanks...

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  • POEM A DAY: DEREK WALCOTT

    Posted on April 18 2020

    ‘Let the day grow on you upward... you can never be dispossessed’ - An evening affirmation from Derek Walcott #poemaday #keepcalmandreadpoems From the inspirational Winning Words anthology available to order here with...

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  • JOIN TODAY GET A FREE BOOK

    Posted on April 17 2020

    Thanks to everyone who has already supported our poets and publishers by joining the Poetry Book Society. We're offering a FREE poetry gift book from our recent Spring selections to all new Choice members...

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  • POEM A DAY: TA PROHM

    Posted on April 17 2020

    We've declared Summer at the PBS and we can't wait to showcase each of our summer selections with you over the coming weeks. All PBS Choice members will get their...

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  • DIGITAL POETRY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

    Posted on April 17 2020

    We've been so inspired by all the digital poetry happenings springing up online in recent weeks so here's a round up of some lockdown launch dates for your diary to revive your social life...

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  • POEM A DAY: ELLA FREARS

    Posted on April 16 2020

    Happy book birthday to Shine, Darling by Ella Frears, one of our PBS Summer Recommendations. For those of us in lockdown, it's hard not to read this as a series...

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  • POEM A DAY: MARY RUEFLE

    Posted on April 15 2020

    The Pen Was     going to try to join us there later Provided the fever did not break out - Mary Ruefle, A little White Shadow This #dailypoem is a...

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  • POEM A DAY: GARDEN

    Posted on April 14 2020

    ‘You will hear the curlew's song and it will wake something. It will be a sort of beginning’ Today’s #keepcalmandreadpoems offering is a reminder to find the green around us in this...

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  • POEM A DAY: HAPPINESS

    Posted on April 13 2020

    Happiness. It comes on Unexpectedly - Raymond Carver #keepcalmandreadpoems #saturdaymorning #coffeeandpapers From the wonderful Bloodaxe anthology Staying Alive. Join the PBS today and order your copy with your 25% member...

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