A poetry list

I thought I’d share a few poetry titles I’m looking forward to reading this year. Some have recently been published, some are not yet available. If you’re interested in buying copies online, do make a note of their publication dates or ask your online book store to let you know when they become available.
Four of the poets are relatively new to me – Elisabeth Bletsoe (Pharmacopoeia & Early Selected Works), Mary O’Donnell (The Ark Builders), Carolyn Jess-Cooke (Inroads) and Anna Robinson (The Finders of London) – and I’m looking forward to becoming better acquainted with their work.
I greatly enjoyed Naomi Foyle’s bold, imaginative and sensuous collection, The Night Pavilion, and am looking forward to her pamphlet, Grace of the Gamblers – A Chantilly Chantey (Waterloo Press), illustrated by Peter Griffiths.
Philippa Yaa de Villiers’s second collection The Everyday Wife, published by the intrepid South African women’s publisher Modjaji Books, follows her popular first collection, Taller than buildings. As a poet living in South Africa, I’d like to mention how proud I am of the strong, beautiful books sent into the world by Modjaji.
Helen Ivory’s The Breakfast Machine (Bloodaxe), Pascale Petit’s What the Water Gave Me – Poems after Frida Kahlo (Seren), Katie Donovan’s Rootling (Bloodaxe) and Penelope Shuttle’s Sandgrain and Hourglass (Bloodaxe), have been long awaited. Their previous collections – The Dog in the Sky (Ivory), The Treekeeper’s Tale (Petit), Day of the Dead (Donovan) and Redgrove’s Wife (Shuttle) – are favourites and occupy the top shelf of my poetry bookcase.
Edited by Bernardine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra, Ten: New Poets from Spread the Word (Bloodaxe) will be available later this year. The anthology aims to reflect “the multicultural make-up of contemporary Britain” and to showcase the work of talented poets such as Mir Mahfuz Ali, Rowyda Amin, Malika Booker, Roger Robinson, Karen McCarthy, Nick Makoha, Denise Saul, Seni Seniviratne, Shazea Quraishi and Janet Kofi Tsekpo.
Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets, also published by Bloodaxe and edited by Roddy Lumsden, promises to be a feast. I hope, as I’m typing this, my copy is winging its way south from the United Kingdom.
Identity Parade includes poetry from Patience Agbabi, Jonathan Asser, Tiffany Atkinson, Simon Barraclough, Paul Batchelor, Kate Bingham, Julia Bird, Patrick Brandon, David Briggs, Andy Brown, Judy Brown, Colette Bryce, Matthew Caley, Siobhan Campbell, Vahni Capildeo, Melanie Challenger, Kate Clanchy, Polly Clark, Julia Copus, Sarah Corbett, Claire Crowther, Tim Cumming, Ailbhe Darcy, Peter Davidson, Nick Drake, Sasha Dugdale, Chris Emery, Bernardine Evaristo, Paul Farley, Leontia Flynn, Annie Freud, Alan Gillis, Jane Griffiths, Vona Groarke, Jen Hadfield, Sophie Hannah, Tracey Herd, Kevin Higgins, Matthew Hollis, A.B. Jackson, Anthony Joseph, Luke Kennard, Nick Laird, Sarah Law, Frances Leviston, Gwyneth Lewis, John McAuliffe, Chris McCabe, Helen Macdonald, Patrick McGuinness, Kona Macphee, Peter Manson, D.S. Marriott, Sam Meekings, Sinéad Morrissey, Daljit Nagra, Caitríona O’Reilly, Alice Oswald, Katherine Pierpoint, Clare Pollard, Jacob Polley, Diana Pooley, Richard Price, Sally Read, Deryn Rees-Jones, Neil Rollinson, Jacob Sam-la Rose, Antony Rowland, James Sheard, Zoë Skoulding, Catherine Smith, Jean Sprackland, John Stammers, Greta Stoddart, Sandra Tappenden, Tim Turnbull, Julian Turner, Mark Waldron, Ahren Warner, Tim Wells, Matthew Welton, David Wheatley, Sam Willetts, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch and Tamar Yoseloff.
Are there any anthologies and collections you’re particularly looking forward to getting your hands on this year?
I’d love to hear what’s on your list.
Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets,
edited by Roddy Lumsden (Bloodaxe Books)

Pharmacopoeia & Early Selected Works
Elisabeth Bletsoe (Shearsman Books)


The Ark Builders, Mary O’Donnell
(Arc Publications)

, Carolyn Jess-Cooke
(Seren Books)


Grace of the Gamblers, Naomi Foyle
(Waterloo Press)


The Finders of London, Anna Robinson
(Enitharmon Press)

The Everyday Wife
, Philippa Yaa de Villiers
(Modjaji Books)

The Breakfast Machine
, Helen Ivory
(Bloodaxe Books)

, Katie Donovan
(Bloodaxe Books)

What the Water Gave Me – Poems after Frida Kahlo,
Pascale Petit (Seren Books)

Ten: New Poets from Spread the Word
edited by Bernardine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra
(Bloodaxe Books) 


Sandgrain and Hourglass
, Penelope Shuttle
(Bloodaxe Books)

10 thoughts on “A poetry list

  1. Tree Riesener

    Wonderful list, Michelle. Thanks so much! I’ll get started on my reading asap (as soon as I finish the stack I’m working on now)!

  2. Michelle Post author

    Yay, Tree! I hope a few of these volumes find their way onto your bedside table or desk.

  3. Angela France

    I’ve had Pascale Petit to read at Buzzwords recently, and I’m interviewing Penelope Shuttle for the summer ‘Iota’ so I’ve seen the ms of ‘Sandgrain and Hourglass’ – you won’t be disappointed with either!

    One on my wishlist which is just out is Robin Robertson’s ‘The Wrecking Light’ (Picador) – The Guardian reviewer “revels in the bleak luminosity of a poet whose inner world is shaped by myths and the Scottish coast”. I have his last collection, ‘Swithering’ and love it.

  4. Michelle Post author

    Hi Dean!

    Angela, my copy of The Wrecking Light arrived in the post at the beginning of the week. I’ve had the chance to read through it once, but am hoping to spend a great deal more time with it. I find Robin Robertson’s writing graceful and haunting. One of my favourites in the collection so far is ‘By Clachan Bridge’; I think you’ll love it.

    Lovely to hear about the interview.

  5. Matt Merritt

    I’m looking forward to Helen Ivory’s collection too, Michelle, and keep meaning to order the Elisabeth Bletsoe book too. Didn’t realise Penelope Shuttle had a book coming out, so will look out for that.

    Other than that, particularly looking forward to Simon Turner’s Difficult Second Album, due any day now I think. Also must get hold of The Salt Companion To John James, and will certainly be buying Identity Parade at some stage.

  6. Michelle Post author

    Matt, thanks for sharing the titles, Difficult Second Album and The Salt Companion to John James. I’ll find out more about them.

    I’m also looking forward to Simon Barraclough’s pamphlet of commissioned poems, Bonjour Tetris, out in May from Penned in the Margins, and Ian Duhig’s new collection out later in the year from Picador.

  7. Julie

    Thank you for another awesome list! I can’t wait to check them out.

    I recently read two beautiful books of poetry by Rebecca Schumejda. “The Map Of Our Garden” from Verve Bath Press and “Falling Forward” from Sunnyoutside Press. I love Rebecca’s work! You can check out all of her books and see sample poems at her website http://www.rebeccaschumejda.com/ I’m looking forward to ordering her book, “Dream Big Work Harder.”

    Thanks again for the recommendations. It always feels like my birthday when I read here:)

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