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by Chrissie Gittins
Morning, Paramin is a stunning full-colour book contains fifty paintings and original poems.
‘A virtuoso pairing of two global artists who have made homes in the Caribbean: Walcott’s celebratory, limpid poems are each inspired by one of Doig’s painterly, fluid, elusive, enticing painting.’ Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times.
Set in a psychiatric ward and in the Amazon rainforest, Mama Amazonica reveals the story of Pascale Petit’s mentally ill mother and the consequences of abuse. From heartbreaking trauma, there emerge luxuriant and tender portraits of a woman battling for survival, in poems that echo the plight of others under duress, and of our companion species.
‘No other British poet I am aware of can match the powerful mythic imagination of Pascale Petit.’ Les Murray
Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the 2017 Poetry Book Society Choice Award, On Balance is set against a backdrop of ecological and economic instability and revisits some of the great feats of human engineering to reveal the states of balance and inbalance that have shaped our history. Morrissey writes beautifully and with extraordinary fluency, framing images and themes with consummate skill.
Winner of the Ted Hughes Award for Poetry, Hollie McNish is considered one of the most important poets of the new generation. Plum is the story of her growing up and, candid, rude, funny, honest, it’s an absolute triumph.
‘She writes with honesty, conviction, humour and love. She points out the absurdities we’ve grown too used to and lets us see the world with fresh eyes.’ Kate Tempest
Viva Loch Lomond
If moral umbrage and rhetorical power are your thing, or if you merely appreciate a fine malt whisky, then a trip to the Graceland Caravan Park in the company of poet and comedian Elvis McGonagall is an absolute must.
‘Ebullient, intelligent and deeply amusing socio-political satire.’ Murray Lachlan Young.
Kingdom of Gravity
In Kingdom of Gravity, his powerful debut, Nick Makoha reflects on Idi Amin’s brutal rule in Uganda and the equally atrocious civil war that ousted him. A highly gifted poet, his book demonstrates the power of poetry to speak of difficult things in a way that enlightens, rather than merely shocking.
Milk and Honey
Rupi Kaur is a phenomenon, a 21st century poetry superstar with a huge Instagram following. With themes of love, loss and healing, and grounded in her own experiences, Milk and Honey connects powerfully and directly with millions of readers.
Velkom to Inklandt
In Velkom to Inklandt, Sophie Herxheimer’s brings vividly to life the voice of her no-nonsense Grent Muzzer, Liesel, whose somewhat abrasive Perspektiff she has never been able to forget. Playing on the difficulties of the English Lenkvitch, the poems tell of an immigrant’s attempts to fit in and make her home in a new country. Funny and moving, it demands to be read aloud!
The poems The Unaccompanied, Simon Armitage’s latest collection, are set in a world we all recognise, a world of supermarkets, new technologies and to-do lists. In sharp images and pitch-perfect language he analyses 21st century life with wit and affection, and sometimes anger too. Ambitious, accessible, memorable.
Kumukanda translates as ‘initiation’, the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. Kayo Chingonyi’s poems explore this passage: between two worlds, ancestral and contemporary; between the living and the dead; between the gulf of who he is and how he is perceived.
‘An essential collection from one of the UK’s most exciting poets. Kayo’s poetry is beautiful, thoughtful, musical and nostalgic.’ Nikesh Shukla
100 Prized Poems: Twenty-five Years of the Forward Books
100 Prized Poems: Twenty-five years of the Forward Books is a distillation of the 25 annual Forward Books of Poetry published since 1992, a series highlighting the works commended each year for the prestigious Forward Prizes.