National Poetry Day was held 2nd
In celebration of this The Northern Poetry Library has
recently added a number of new and recent poetry collections to its
stock. Why not try something different and borrow a book of poetry.
All interests are catered for and a lot is surprisingly accessible
to read. Here is a taster of some of the new titles:
Roger McGough’s ‘As Far as I Know’ moves
from his trademark wit (imagining the daily life of the
Surrealists) to pathos as he contemplates ageing and inevitable
Another fine comic poet, John Hegley, has
brought together a selection of his best work in ‘New and Selected
Potatoes’ spanning nearly thirty years of his poetic career.
In ‘Telling Tales’ Patience Agbabi has
reimagined ‘The Canterbury Tales’ for the 21st century,
bringing Chaucer’s characters up to date and placing the poem cycle
in modern London and Kent, making the medieval classic accessible
to a modern audience.
Ellen Phethean is a well-known North East poet
but surprisingly she has not published a standalone collection of
her own poems until now. In ‘Portrait of the Quince as an Older
Woman’, she wryly examines middle age. Her Newcastle settings will
strike a chord with many readers.
Neil Astley continues his series of
bestselling anthologies (‘Staying Alive’) with a collection of love
poems. ‘Passionfood: 100 Love Poems’ spans three thousand years,
from Sappho to Carol Ann Duffy, celebrating the joyousness of love
in all its forms.
On a completely different note, the
award-winning cartoonist Martin Rowson has produced his third
volume of ‘The Limerickiad: Byron to Baudelaire’ where he lampoons
the great poets of the nineteenth century in a series of witty
These and many more collections of poetry can be borrowed for
free from the Northern Poetry Library, Morpeth Library.