The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Four)

Selected and introduced by Carol Ann Duffy

To round off an extraordinary and historic year, Candlestick Press is delighted to announce the publication of The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Four), the next in our series of ten Christmas poetry pamphlets.

There are now a number of ardent collectors of this series, yet each pamphlet of Christmas poems stands alone – and gloriously so – making it, in the words of the Poet Laureate, “…the best, most poetic solution there could possibly be to card-and-present buying at Christmas”.

This year’s selection bursts with colour, warmth and beauty. From the exuberance of Ogden Nash’s cautionary tale ‘The Boy who laughed at Santa Claus’ to Alice Oswald’s brilliant, digitally enhanced heavens – and not forgetting some very snooty camels along the way – this small anthology of celebratory festive poems is guaranteed to outshine anything else that might turn up in your stocking – if you believe in Santa Claus, that is (if not, get hold of a copy immediately and see inside).

Includes a new poem by Carol Ann Duffy.

Donation to Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre.


Esther Morgan, ‘Among Women’
Alice Oswald, ‘Various Portents’
Leslie Norris, ‘Camels of the Kings ‘
Louis MacNeice, ‘Snow’
Ogden Nash, ‘The Boy who laughed at Santa Claus’
Siegfried Sassoon, ‘December Stillness’
Caroline Cook, ‘Year Ending’
Ruth Pitter, ‘Planting Mistletoe’
David Constantine, ‘New Year Behind the Asylum’
Gillian Clarke, ‘The Year’s Midnight’
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, ‘Ring out, wild bells’
Carol Ann Duffy, ‘The Mistletoe Bride’

Illustrated by Lizzie Adcock.

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"A wonderful alternative to a Christmas card or stocking filler for the poetry lover."The Lady, November 2012
"My major problem is keeping my own copy of 'Christmas poems' unopened until Christmas! I usually sneak away for a short quiet time, away from the chaos, to enjoy."Lesley B., online customer, November 2012
"Another great selection of poems selected by Carol Anne Duffy. I enjoy this annual treat! Makes a great gift too."Online customer

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