5 New Books for National Poetry Day
Today is National Poetry Day in the UK, and this year’s theme is Freedom. As with every yearly theme, it is a loose one that is intended to spark inspiration in poets and readers alike. We have chosen five new poetry books for 2017 to help you celebrate all things verse and rhyme.
Perhaps the most obvious of our five choices to fit in with the theme of Freedom, Moonrise is the story of a man on death row and his relationship with his younger brother. This is a verse novel for young adults which tackles important issues about family and the importance of a life.
Translating as 'initiation', kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. The poems in Kayo Chingonyi's remarkable debut explore this passage: between two worlds, ancestral and contemporary; between the living and the dead; between the gulf of who he is and how he is perceived. Underpinned by a love of music, language and literature, this is a powerful exploration of race, identity and masculinity, celebrating what it means to be British and not British, all at once.
A wise, rude, sharp poetry collection encompassing a life from childhood to attempted adulthood, from one of the most important poets of this generation. Hollie McNish is the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2016. Her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide and this is her debut poetry publication with Picador. This book is a celebration of life and self-discovery, and demonstrates perfectly why McNish is one of today’s most important poets.
This is a collection of the greatest poems from the British Isles, curated by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke. A celebration of the poetry that has moulded our languages and shaped our islands through time, this book gathers together fourteen centuries of extraordinary verse. From Beowulf and Sir Gawain to the nursery rhymes we still sing today, The Map and the Clock explores the timeless classics and welcomes the cultural diversity of the poetries of our 21st century.
If National Poetry Day has inspired you, why not celebrate poetry every day? This book features 366 poems from Shakespeare to Duffy. Filled with recognisable classics and exciting new discoveries, this book is perfect for any young people interested in poetry.
To find out more about National Poetry Day and how you can get involved, visit: nationalpoetryday.co.uk