More Sweet Dreams – this time from Germaine Greer.

More Sweet Dreams – this time from Germaine Greer.

Published on Tuesday 23 June 2015

Ten Bedtime Poems (Volume Two) selected and introduced by Germaine Greer

Last year, novelist William Boyd kicked off our series of Ten Bedtime Poems chosen by non-poets.  Our new pamphlet in the series is edited by Germaine Greer, who chooses and introduces her own ten favourite bedtime poems.  And what an amazing read they make.  We cannot be the only people whose knees turned to jelly on reading some of her choices!  The poems are all connected to a tradition of poetry about sleep (or lack of it).   Some of them will be familiar to readers, but that “…does not make them hackneyed, because they are the real thing.  Their mystery and their meaning grow deeper, not shallower, every time we repeat them”.

As she points out in her Introduction, “Dreaming is solitary but beds are also meeting-places. Bed is where we make most – and the most – of our love, and where we are most vividly aware of love lost”.

In the short space of this pamphlet, the impact of her chosen poems is profound and exhilarating.

Germaine Greer is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick.  She is a distinguished academic, theorist and journalist and is author of a number of ground-breaking and controversial books.

  • More Sweet Dreams – this time from Germaine Greer.

    More Sweet Dreams – this time from Germaine Greer.

    Published on Tuesday 23 June 2015

    Ten Bedtime Poems (Volume Two) selected and introduced by Germaine Greer Last year, novelist William Boyd kicked off our series of Ten Bedtime Poems chosen by non-poets.  Our new pamphlet in the series is edited by Germaine Greer, who chooses and introduces her own ten favourite bedtime poems.  And what an amazing read they make.  […]

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    Published on Tuesday 14 April 2015

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    Published on Thursday 8 January 2015

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