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Say it With Verse This Christmas: Our Pick of the Best Poetry Anthologies and Collections

Posted on 5th December 2018 by Martha Greengrass

From inspiring new work - including the latest collection from the outgoing Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy - to beautiful anthologies to take you through the year, welcome to our selection of the best gifts for poetry lovers this Christmas.

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The Luckiest Guy Alive is the first new book of poetry from Dr John Cooper Clarke for several decades - and a brilliant, scabrous, hilarious collection from one of our most beloved and influential writers and performers. The Luckiest Guy Alive shows one of the most compelling poets of the age on truly exceptional form.
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A gorgeous anthology of poems to live your life by from award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell. In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2015-2017 and political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between.
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Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy returns with Sincerity, her last full collection as Poet Laureate, a magisterial achievement from the greatest living poet of our times. A fitting culmination to her time as a Poet Laureate, this collection, at once intimate and public, is a work of great power from one of our most cherished and humane poets.

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Beautifully illustrated feminist fairytales for young and old. Reimagining traditional tales, this empowering collection of stories, poems and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover.
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Seamus Heaney had the idea to form a personal selection of poems from across the entire arc of his writing life, small yet comprehensive enough to serve as an introduction for all comers. But now, finally, the project has been returned to, resulting in an intimate gathering of poems chosen and introduced by the Heaney family.
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Meticulously compiled by poet and scholar Francis Turner Palgrave, in collaboration with Alfred Tennyson, who was then poet laureate, The Golden Treasury remains one of the most widely read anthologies of English Verse ever published. This beautiful, pocket-sized, collectable edition contains a new foreword by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
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A hardcover gift edition of Milk and Honey, the #1 New York Times bestselling poetry and prose collection by the acclaimed poet Rupi Kaur. Speaking with the voice of a generation, Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
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A powerful work from award-winning poet Robin Robertson which follows a D-Day veteran as he goes in search of freedom and repair in post-war America. Watching beauty and disintegration through the lens of the film camera and the eye of the poet, Robin Robertson's The Long Take is a work of thrilling originality.
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Collected by anthologist Ana Sampson, She is Fierce is a stunning gift book containing 150 bold, brave and beautiful poems by women - from classic, well loved poets to innovative and bold modern voices. From suffragettes to school girls, from spoken word superstars to civil rights activists, from aristocratic ladies to kitchen maids, these are voices that deserve to be heard.

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A mystery eye condition led to author Gary Dexter taking a radical new approach to earning a living: learning 100’s of famous poems and approaching passers-by, offering to recite their favourite for cash. In a series of remarkable, eye-opening encounters, Dexter finds out which poems people really love, and why. The result is an original twist on a familiar format and a unique poetry collection.
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