Instead of a bunch!

Instead of a bunch!

Published on Friday 7 February 2020

A bouquet is a welcome and beautiful thing, but the beauty is inevitably short-lived. However, this delightful mini-anthology – published just in time for Valentine’s Day – is guaranteed never to wither. Roses, fritillaries, daisies, gentians and the humble ragwort are celebrated here by poets ranging from Mimi Khalvati to William Wordsworth.

We experience their colours and scents in vivid language, so each lives on the page with all the intensity of a real flower. Sometimes it seems we can even learn from them; lilacs growing in an urban street know as much about love as we do. This is one of the lovely mysteries of these poems – that a flower can somehow be like us and shed light on our own hopes and joys.

  • Summertime, summertime – poems for sunny days

    Summertime, summertime – poems for sunny days

    Published on Monday 1 June 2020

    Many of us are looking to summer and hoping it might herald a return to happier, more carefree days. Whatever the new season brings, we know we can count on the natural world to offer beauty and consolation. This latest anthology in our seasonal series features poems that will soothe the mind and gladden the […]

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  • Poems for mothers of every description

    Poems for mothers of every description

    Published on Wednesday 11 March 2020

    This Mother’s Day Candlestick has something for every imaginable kind of mother – from the gardening mother and the knitting mother to the football fan mother, the cycling mother, the walking mother and the baking mother.  Each of our gorgeous pamphlets contains poems to lift the spirits and boasts a beautiful cover to rival any […]

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  • Spring is in the air

    Spring is in the air

    Published on Monday 2 March 2020

    Sunshine and showers, cuckoos, frogs, daffodils and cherry blossom…. Poets writing about spring certainly have no shortage of material. Our selection of poems takes in many of these yearly delights. There are contemporary voices – a poem in which a dog sniffs around a city park and enjoys the new smells, and another where an […]

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