Ten Poems about Aunts
ISBN 978 1 913627 36 2
Published March 2024
24 printed pages
Selected and Introduced by Anne Harvey
Nearly all of us have an ‘auntie’ or ‘aunty’ – even if the person in question isn’t actually a relative.
In these entertaining and touching poems we meet story-telling aunts and aunts who spin their own yarn, aunts who send gifts from afar and an aunt with a crew cut who knows far more about love than could ever be imagined. The poems demonstrate that the essence of being an aunt is to always be there when needed:
“When your heart breaks, as hearts sometimes do,
Aunt Constance at Looe
will feed it on Cornish cream and philosophy,
soothe it with strawberries for tea;”
from ‘Aunts’ by Virginia Graham
The poems – tender and wry by turn – are a reminder that aunts in all their various guises are to be treasured and celebrated.
Cover illustration by Hilke MacIntyre.