Ten Poems on the Telephone

Ten Poems on the Telephone

Published on Monday 26 June 2017

We’re delighted with this latest title: an intriguing and moving anthology that captures the many ways in which the telephone can intervene in our lives – from the wrong number that brings us ear-to-ear with a stranger to the anguished message to a distant lover who hasn’t been in touch.

These days we can be on the phone almost anywhere. As we hurry from A to B we’re often using the time to catch up with an old friend or a family member. On the hoof, perhaps, but phone calls are no less important for that.

There’s a poem in which the telephone itself becomes an almost sinister presence and another where a silent call in the middle of the night presages a mysterious encounter and leaves only unanswered questions. In Michael Symmons Roberts’ moving sequence written to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a last answerphone message is something to play and replay – words to hold on to for ever.

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  • Ten Poems on the Telephone

    Ten Poems on the Telephone

    Published on Monday 26 June 2017

    We’re delighted with this latest title: an intriguing and moving anthology that captures the many ways in which the telephone can intervene in our lives – from the wrong number that brings us ear-to-ear with a stranger to the anguished message to a distant lover who hasn’t been in touch. These days we can be […]

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  • Ten Poems of Kindness

    Ten Poems of Kindness

    Published on Monday 24 April 2017

    Edited by Jackie Kay and containing two new poems she has written specially for the anthology, this moving selection is allied to a compelling cause. ‘Felix’s Campaign of Kindness’ was instigated by the mother of Felix Alexander, a 17-year-old boy who took his own life after years of online bullying. The pamphlet is dedicated to […]

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  • Ten Poems about Home

    Ten Poems about Home

    Published on Monday 27 February 2017

    Hot off the press is this haunting and intriguing anthology of poems selected by Mahendra Solanki. There are poems that evoke “the daily furniture of our lives” and others that echo with the memories of a childhood spent far away. The bewitching cover image created especially for Candlestick by Sarah Kirby evokes Yeats’s famous poem […]

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