The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume One)

Selected and introduced by Carol Ann Duffy

The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume One) is the first in a series of ten Christmas pamphlets introduced and selected by Carol Ann Duffy to mark each Christmas of her ten-year laureateship. Her choices – see below – are characteristically powerful and profound (and fun). As she points out in the Introduction, “poets – by their very calling, great celebrators – have always written Christmas poetry, regardless of faith or its absence”.

The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume One) “… is the best, most poetic solution there could possibly be to card-and-present buying at Christmas” in her view and we couldn’t agree more. As with all our pamphlets, it comes with a matching bookmark (with plenty of space on which to write a Christmas message) and an envelope.

We hope that you will read the poems in quiet moments or share them around with the mince pies.

Merry Christmas!

“I think, that is, of others who
Withdrew from commerce and the world
To work for joy instead of gain.
O would that I could gather them
This Yuletide, and shower them with coins.”

from ‘Christmas Song’ by Norman Williams


U. A. Fanthorpe, Christmas in Envelopes
Clinton Scollard, A Bell
Langston Hughes, Carol of the Brown King
Leigh Hunt, Christmas
Billy Collins, Christmas Sparrow
E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings, untitled (‘little tree’)
Walter de la Mare, Mistletoe
Pauline Stainer, Carol
Norman Williams, Christmas Song
Anne Stevenson, Carol of the Birds
Denise Levertov, In California During the Gulf War
Carol Ann Duffy, December

Cover illustration by Lizzie Adcock.

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