FESTIVE POETRY GIFT GUIDE
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a poetry lover? Below we have our 15 top suggestions!
Candlestick Press have an excellent selection of short Christmas-themed poetry pamphlets, with their most recent additions Christmas Lights and Ten Poems about Robins. One Plum Poem have also released two seasonal poetry cards, featuring 'Long Table' by Carol Ann Duffy' and 'In the Bleak Mid-Winter' by Christina Rossetti.
For longer collections, Full Stops in Winter Branches by Char March, recently released by Yorkshire-based Valley Press, and Di Slaney's Reward for Winter expand beyond the cold constraints of the season to become explorations of landscape and time. Wendy Cope's Christmas Poems was a great hit last winter, and we thoroughly recommend this concise and thought-provoking collection.
This winter also sees Carol Ann Duffy's final collection as Poet Laureate, Sincerity - a beautiful gift both for both poetry novices and long-standing enthusiasts. Lovers of nature poetry will also enjoy the comprehensive anthology A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year, in which each poem is chosen to chime with the natural world in that season, month and day. Those who prefer something a bit different from the usual fare will love Spells, bringing together a fantastic array of writers from Kaveh Akbar to Vahni Capildeo and Ursula K. Le Guin, writing upon the relationship between poetry and the occult.
Finally, those wishing to keep up with some of the best award-winning poetry of the year could do no better than digging in to the Forward prize winners of this year: Danez Smith's Don't Call Us Dead, Phoebe Power's Shrines of Upper Austria, and Liz Berry's The Republic of Motherhood, containing the titular award-winning single poem.