I’ve hardly been subtle about my recent love affair with poetry. It only got more intense after I (finally) read Milk & Honey and The Princess Saves Herself in This One. And then I blinked and I’d been book shopping. I just accidentally bought some new poetry – don’t you hate it when that happens?
Excuses aside, here are some of the poetry books I’ve bought recently. I haven’t read them all yet so can’t comment on them in too in depth a manner but first expectations matter, right?
First up is the second volume of Hours of Solitude. I’m not going to lie, I only bought the second volume because it was cheaper than the first on Amazon. After reading some of Charlotte Dacre’s prose, namely Zofloya, in class, I was curious about her poetry so treated myself to this. It’s very wordy and I’ve found the collection a little hit and miss but there are some gems in there. It’s a dip in and out collection, which is exactly what I plan to do with it.
I was browsing through a second hand bookshop when a friend pulled this off of the shelves. They knew all about my new found poetry addiction and recommended that I gave Simon Armitage a go. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but will report back when I do!
I picked up The Penguin Book of Women Poets in the same bookstore and was intrigued by a quick look at the contents page. There were some names that I recognised and wanted to read more of their work, while some of them I had barely even heard of. I’m really looking forward to discovering some new work in this collection.
I read the entirety of The Chaos of Longing one morning and fell in love with it. It’s full of raw words that make their way into your heart, not just your head. I think this is one that I’ll be returning to over the years, if I need a little pick me up.
And that’s my mini poetry haul! What have you been buying recently?