The work and wonder of bees

The work and wonder of bees

Published on Tuesday 28 May 2019

Bees work hard, and there is something in their diligence that touches us. Most of us see only a fraction of their absorbing routines but their ‘bee-lines’ through our parks and gardens are more than enough to suggest their tireless dedication.

Here are poems about getting stung and about a bee-keeping Divinity master in a boarding school whose hives are far more appealing than PE lessons. This heady mix of poems is sure to please anyone who delights in bees, flowers and gardens – or indeed the golden taste of honey!

The selection is introduced by environmentalist and broadcaster Brigit Strawbridge Howard.

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    Poems to delight every art lover

    Published on Tuesday 6 August 2019

    Poems about art have a long and vivid history, and some of our greatest poets have tried to capture in verse the beguiling worlds of colour on canvas. Geoff Dyer’s remarkably wide-ranging selection encourages us to look at familiar and unfamiliar paintings and artists with fresh eyes. We find ourselves in Vermeer’s studio next door […]

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  • Poems that will gladden the heart

    Poems that will gladden the heart

    Published on Friday 19 July 2019

    Happiness: the mid-point, perhaps, between contentment and joy. We all hope for it, but we all also have times when it seems far away. Sometimes, we even fail to notice when it’s there. These delightful poems don’t celebrate rapture or feverish delight. Mostly they capture moments of what Emily Dickinson calls “casual simplicity” – giggling […]

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  • Love is… a mini-anthology of poems

    Love is... a mini-anthology of poems

    Published on Monday 24 June 2019

    This second edition of our popular mini-anthology calls at every stop on love’s roller-coaster journey – from the first dizzy declarations of passion, to the clear-eyed devotion of a couple in old age. Elsewhere, in one of the most celebrated of modern love poems, we sense the boundless optimism of love at full tilt. Along […]

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