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  • ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI OBITUARY

    Posted on March 26 2021

    Try to Praise the Mutilated WorldTry to praise the mutilated world.Remember June's long days,and wild strawberries, drops of rosé wine.The nettles that methodically overgrowthe abandoned homesteads of exiles.You must praise...

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  • MARVIN THOMPSON WINS THE NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION

    Posted on March 26 2021

    Recent PBS Recommendation Marvin Thompson has won the Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition with his poem 'The Fruit of the Spirit is Love (Galatians 5:22)'. It was chosen from more than...

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  • NEXT INSTA BOOK CLUB: 24TH MARCH

    Posted on March 15 2021

    Don't miss our next Insta Book Club live on Wednesday 24th March at 7pm over on our instagram page (@poetrybooksociety), featuring readings and discussions with two of our Spring Selections,...

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  • HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

    Posted on March 08 2021

    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAYFor International Women's Day we're celebrating the latest Spring releases by leading and emerging female poets. Ranging from the writings of renowned Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst to debut poet...

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  • MEET ISABELLE BAAFI

    Posted on February 26 2021

    We're delighted to introduce our Spring Pamphlet Choice, Isabelle Baafi. Isabelle Baafi is a writer and poet from London. She was the winner of the 2019 Vincent Cooper Literary Prize, and...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY: PLANTAIN

    Posted on February 26 2021

    From Ripe by Isabelle Baafi, our Spring Pamphlet Choice published by ignition press.

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  • SPRING PAMPHLET CHOICE

    Posted on February 25 2021

    'Hunger made me’, reveals one speaker in Ripe, and the desire to be satiated fills these poems. Desperate women hide grains of rice in their hair, baked beans evoke a...

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  • ANNOUNCING THE PBS SUMMER SELECTIONS

    Posted on February 25 2021

    We're so excited to reveal our Summer Selections will be: Choice: Kazim Ali, The Voice of Sheila Chandra, Platypus Press   Recommendations: Rebecca Perry, Stone Fruit, Bloodaxe         Nuzhat Bukhari, Brilliant...

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  • WATCH THE SPRING BOOK CLUB

    Posted on February 25 2021

    Our wonderful PBS Book Selector Andrew McMillan hosts the latest online Book Club featuring our Spring Choice Jen Hadfield and recommendation Rowan Ricardo Phillips with readings and insights into their...

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  • KEATS BICENTENARY

    Posted on February 23 2021

    200 years ago today, on the 23rd February 1821, John Keats died of TB in Rome. Unrecognised by the literary establishment in his lifetime, Keats is now one of English literature’s...

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  • POET OF THE WEEK: MICHAEL SYMMONS ROBERTS

    Posted on February 19 2021

    Here's a sneak preview from Michael Symmons Robert's interview in our Spring Bulletin. "The title Ransom came when around half the poems were finished or taking shape. The word seemed...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY: RANSOM

    Posted on February 19 2021

    "this wild, this ever-patient hope", an extract from Takk, from Ransom, our PBS Spring Recommendation by Michael Symmons Roberts.

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  • SPRING RECOMMENDATION: RANSOM

    Posted on February 19 2021

    Ransom, the new collection from Michael Symmons Roberts, is an intense and vivid exploration of liberty and limit, of what it means to be alive, and searches for the possibility...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY FROM LUMEN

    Posted on February 09 2021

    “We are trying to avoid the word pain It is far too full of itself...” - Tiffany Atkinson’s Lumen has landed to brighten up this rainy day! Pre-order yours here...

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  • INTRODUCING TIFFANY ATKINSON

    Posted on February 09 2021

    Here's a sneak preview from our interview with PBS Spring Recommended poet Tiffany Atkinson in the PBS Spring Bulletin.    "The opening sequence in Lumen began as the documenting of...

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  • BOOK OF THE WEEK: LUMEN

    Posted on February 09 2021

    How might poetry help us articulate the body in illness, in work, and in love? Tiffany Atkinson’s fourth collection includes the prize-winning sequence ‘Dolorimeter’, which takes fragments of speech and...

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  • THE STONE AGE IS HERE!

    Posted on February 05 2021

    So excited by the arrival of this beauty - our PBS Spring Choice The Stone Age by Jen Hadfield. Join the Poetry Book Society by 15th February to get your...

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  • VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT MEMBERSHIPS

    Posted on February 05 2021

    Looking for a Valentine's Day gift for the poetry lover in your life? Give a Poetry Book Society Gift Membership and your loved one will enjoy a year of thoughtful...

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  • PBS NCLA SPRING SHOWCASE: JEN HADFIELD AND ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS

    Posted on February 04 2021

    Thursday 11th March 2021 | 7pm to 8pm | YouTube  Join us for the PBS Spring Showcase hosted virtually by NCLA, Newcastle University, and chaired by the poet, John Challis. We're...

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  • KENDAL POETRY FESTIVAL PBS SHOWCASE

    Posted on February 04 2021

    Tuesday 23rd February | 8.00pm-9.00pm | Tickets: £5.00 Join us for a Zoom version of the popular PBS Insta Live Book Club at Kendal Poetry Festival. PBS Book Selector and insta book club...

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  • SARAH MAGUIRE PRIZE SHORTLIST

    Posted on February 03 2021

    Our friends at the Poetry Translation Centre have just announced the shortlist for the inaugural Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation. The PTC launched the Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in...

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  • MEET OUR SPRING WILD CARD: HOLLY PESTER

    Posted on February 02 2021

    Here's a sneak preview from PBS Wild Card Selector Anthony Anaxagorou's commentary in our forthcoming Spring Bulletin. "Holly Pester’s ability to move through poems with verve and latitude means the...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY: HOLLY PESTER

    Posted on February 02 2021

      From our Spring Wild Card Comic Timing by Holly Pester which publishes with Granta Books this Thursday! We're so excited to have advance copies available to order here with 25% off for...

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  • BOOK OF THE WEEK: COMIC TIMING

    Posted on February 02 2021

    We're very excited to have advance copies of our Spring Wild Card Choice Comic Timing by Holly Pester which publishes with Granta Books this Thursday 4th February 2021. Order your...

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  • 30% OFF JAN SALE

    Posted on January 29 2021

    We're having a little poetry book sale to brighten up Lockdown 3 and help beat the January blues with a huge 30% OFF some of our favourite recommendations from last year....

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  • NEW POETRIES VIII

    Posted on January 28 2021

    From New Poetries VIII, published by Carcanet today and available to order here with 25% off for PBS Members.

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  • HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO NEW POETRIES VII

    Posted on January 28 2021

    "The plural in the title is important for this quarter’s Special Commendation, it speaks to the range of different voices on offer, and, with a spectrum of ages and publishing...

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  • JOIN THE PBS TODAY

    Posted on January 27 2021

    2021 has got off to a bad start but we're still here for you! Why not brighten up Lockdown 3 and treat yourself to a year of thoughtful and thought-provoking poetry...

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  • BHANU KAPIL WINS T.S. ELIOT PRIZE

    Posted on January 25 2021

    We're delighted to announce that Bhanu Kapil has won the T.S. Eliot prize for poetry with How To Wash a Heart, which was also our PBS Summer Choice. After months...

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  • SPRING RECOMMENDATION: LIVING WEAPON

    Posted on January 20 2021

    Our Spring Recommendation Living Weapon by Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a love song to the imagination, a new blade of light homing in on our political moment. A winged man plummets...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY: ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS

    Posted on January 20 2021

    A poem for Inauguration Day from Living Weapon by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, our Spring Recommendation published by Faber.  

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  • MEET ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS

    Posted on January 20 2021

    Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of two books of poems (Heaven and The Ground) and two essay collections (The Circuit and When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness). As well as being a finalist for...

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  • T.S. ELIOT PRIZE READINGS THIS SUNDAY

    Posted on January 19 2021

    Don't miss the T.S. Eliot Prize Readings and winner's announcement in a streamed Southbank Centre event hosted by the wonderful Ian McMillan at 7pm this Sunday 24th January. A highlight...

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  • SPRING RECOMMENDATION | WRITING THE CAMP | YOUSIF M. QASMIYEH

    Posted on January 15 2021

     Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's Writing The Camp is an exceptional, essential collection drawn from the poet's experience of the Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon. The poetry moves beyond the observational into...

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  • POET OF THE WEEK: YOUSIF M. QASMIYEH

    Posted on January 15 2021

    Here's a sneak preview of our interview with Yousif M. Qasmiyeh. Join the Poetry Book Society today to read more in the Spring Bulletin."What might be seen as language is...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY: FINGERPRINTING

    Posted on January 15 2021

    From Writing the Camp by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, published by Broken Sleep Books, PBS Spring Recommendation. Available to order here with 25% off.  

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK: NETTLES

    Posted on January 08 2021

    A prickly hopeful poem to start your year - Nettles by Jen Hadfield, from The Stone Age, our Spring Choice. PBS Members will receive their copy in the Spring Mailing...

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  • PBS SPRING CHOICE: THE STONE AGE

    Posted on January 07 2021

    Jen Hadfield’s new collection is an astonished beholding of the wild landscape of her Shetland home, a tale of hard-won speech, and the balm of the silence it rides upon. The...

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  • MEET THE SPRING CHOICE: JEN HADFIELD

    Posted on January 06 2021

    "As a woman with quite a few of the traits associated with Asperger’s Syndrome, I worry about truth and misunderstanding a lot."  -  Jen Hadfield, PBS Spring Bulletin  Jen Hadfield's fourth poetry collection The...

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  • THE HISTORIANS WINS THE COSTA BOOK AWARD

    Posted on January 06 2021

      The late Irish poet Eavan Boland has been posthumously awarded the Costa Book Award for poetry. Boland, who died from a stroke aged 75 in April, was celebrated for...

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  • ANNOUNCING THE SPRING 2021 SELECTIONS

    Posted on January 05 2021

    We're delighted to announce our Spring 2021 Selections! There are so many incredible books to look forward to in the New Year and we can't wait to send them to...

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  • MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM PBS & INPRESS

    Posted on December 24 2020

    We'd like to wish all our members and our global poetry family a very Merry Christmas from the PBS and Inpress team! A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped us and...

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  • THE PBS GIFT GUIDE DAY 24: RUPI KAUR

    Posted on December 24 2020

    This Christmas Eve, we're sharing our final poetic gift idea - Rupi Kaur's much anticipated collection Home Body. Number New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey Rupi Kaur constantly embraces...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE DAY 23: SHINE, DARLING

    Posted on December 23 2020

    Next up in our Christmas gift guide is this dazzling debut by Ella Frears. Shine, Darling is a collection of wry, vivid poems whose power lies in their intimacy. It lives...

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  • LAST MINUTE DIGITAL GIFT MEMBERSHIP

    Posted on December 22 2020

      Although we can no longer guarantee Christmas postal delivery, we can still email you a last minute digital gift membership certificate if you order by **11am on the 24th December**.  Give a PBS Gift...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE DAY 22: TS ELIOT BUNDLE

    Posted on December 22 2020

    Still looking for last minute gift ideas for poetry fans? We're delighted to offer this special T S Eliot shortlist bundle offer for only £100 or £75 for PBS Members...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE DAY 21: THE LOST SPELLS

    Posted on December 21 2020

    Christmas is fast approaching but our gift inspiration continues. For Day 21 we present this timeless, stunning gift to be pored over and cherished for years - dazzlingly beautiful and...

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  • PBS GIFT GUIDE DAY 20: A NATURE POEM FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR

    Posted on December 20 2020

    365 poems celebrating nature and the changing seasons. This is the perfect bedside companion for any nature or poetry fan, featuring famous odes from big-name poets alongside unsung poems from...

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