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  • Robert Burns: The Lassiesby George Scott Wilkie

    Neil Wilson Publishing 2012; US$ 13.11

    During his short life Burns wrote a great deal of poetry to or about women. Some were written as love poems or songs, intended to sway the heart of whoever had caught his eye, others in honour of a more casual acquaintance whose beauty or talents had impressed him in some way. Others were composed simply as a form of thank you letter for gifts or... more...

  • This is Yarrowby Tara Bergin

    Carcanet 2013; US$ 7.26

    The poems in Tara Bergin's accomplished debut collection combine sensuous, supple lyricism with the unsettling familiarity of folklore, fairytale and dream. They are inhabited by characters who seem at first widely different from one another, yet share nervous energy, a troubled state of mind: I am unwell, little crow, / I am unwell and far from home... more...

  • The Hat-Stand Unionby Caroline Bird

    Carcanet 2013; US$ 7.26

    Playful in earnest, Caroline Bird in her fourth book of poems turns familiar stories on their heads. Bird's protagonists declaim Chekhov in supermarkets, purchase mail-order tears, sing love-songs to hat-stands. Her characters and voices are at once savvy and vulnerable; underlying the exuberance is empathy with those who have lost themselves somewhere... more...

  • Metaphysical Poetryby Colin Burrow

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 11.27

    A key anthology for students of English literature, Metaphysical Poetry is a collection whose unique philosophical insights are some of the crowning achievements of Renaissance verse, edited with an introduction and notes by Colin Burrow in Penguin Classics. Spanning the Elizabethan age to the Restoration and beyond, Metaphysical poetry sought... more...

  • Kipling: Poemsby Rudyard Kipling; Peter Washington

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 14.95

    Beloved for his fanciful and engrossing children?s literature, controversial for his enthusiasm for British imperialism, Rudyard Kipling remains one of the most widely read writers of Victorian and modern English literature. In addition to writing more than two dozen works of fiction, including Kim and The Jungle Book , Kipling was a prolific poet,... more...

  • Songs Of Innocence And Songs Of Experienceby William Blake

    HarperCollins Canada 2013; US$ 1.99

    Songs of Innocence and Experience brings together two books of poetry by William Blake that delve into these two opposing states of the human soul. His Songs of Innocence are often cheerful and sweet and always demonstrate the purity of youth, as Blake explores themes of freedom, happiness, loss and religion. The optimism of innocence is keenly... more...

  • Scottish History in Verseby Louis Stott

    Mainstream Publishing 2013; US$ 21.14

    Scottish history is unarguably rich and a number of notable anniversaries are looming, not least the quincentenary of Flodden in 2013 and the 700-year-anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 2014. There?s no better time, then, for Scottish History in Verse. This unique anthology consists of some 230 poems and songs that mark various Scottish... more...

  • Death of a Naturalistby Seamus Heaney

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 8.99

    Death of a Naturalist (1966) marked the auspicious debut of Seamus Heaney, a universally acclaimed master of modern literature. As a first book of poems, it is remarkable for its accurate perceptions and rich linguistic gifts. more...

  • District and Circleby Seamus Heaney

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 14.99

    Seamus Heaney's new collection starts "In an age of bare hands and cast iron" and ends as "The automatic lock / clunks shut" in the eerie new conditions of a menaced twenty-first century. In their haunted, almost visionary clarity, the poems assay the weight and worth of what has been held in the hand and in the memory. Images out of a childhood spent... more...

  • Door into the Darkby Seamus Heaney

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 8.99

    Door into the Dark , Seamus Heaney's second collection of poems, first appeared in 1969. Already his widely celebrated gifts of precision, thoughtfulness, and musicality were everywhere apparent. more...