Just in time for the World Cup – poems that celebrate the beautiful game!

Just in time for the World Cup – poems that celebrate the beautiful game!

Published on Tuesday 29 May 2018

The poems in this anthology edited by Conor O’Callaghan and published in time for the start of the World Cup take us to the very heart of why a seemingly straightforward team sport arouses such passion and commands such lifelong devotion.

There’s a poem capturing the romance of children playing street football until it’s almost too dark to see the ball, and another in which going to the match is a rite of passage for an immigrant boy seeking to belong. And, of course, there’s a poem depicting that iconic game played in no man’s land during the Christmas Truce.

This mini-anthology demonstrates that the beautiful game is entirely worthy of the beautiful language of poetry.

  • Just in time for the World Cup – poems that celebrate the beautiful game!

    Just in time for the World Cup – poems that celebrate the beautiful game!

    Published on Tuesday 29 May 2018

    The poems in this anthology edited by Conor O’Callaghan and published in time for the start of the World Cup take us to the very heart of why a seemingly straightforward team sport arouses such passion and commands such lifelong devotion. There’s a poem capturing the romance of children playing street football until it’s almost […]

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  • Poems that blaze with the drama of the Russian spirit

    Poems that blaze with the drama of the Russian spirit

    Published on Monday 21 May 2018

    This latest selection edited and introduced by Boris Dralyuk takes us to the heart of human experience with all the passion and drama of the Russian spirit. We find poems of love and poems celebrating the beauty of birch-wood and steppe, alongside poems that touch on the anguish of being a poet in times of […]

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  • Irresistible poems to stir the senses

    Irresistible poems to stir the senses

    Published on Tuesday 16 January 2018

    This intoxicating selection of poems – a mini-anthology to complement our ever-popular Ten Poems about Love – captures the extraordinary power of desire, from Neil Rollinson’s tenement building stirred by the passion of loving couples on St Valentine’s night, to DH Lawrence’s painterly celebration of a beautiful woman as she washes in early morning sunshine. […]

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"By the way I have become almost Evangelical about the pamphlets! Everyone I know has got one. I’m just stopping short of thrusting them on people I don’t know but who look as if they need a poetry break."Liz O’Sullivan, Dovegreyreader Chapter, Candlestick Collective

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