Leonard Cohen made his name as a poet before he came to worldwide attention as a singer and songwriter. Book of Longing was twenty years in the making and written in Montreal, Mumbai and during his retreat in Mt Baldy. These poems show the full range of one of the most influential and enigmatic writers of his generation.
Shortlisted for Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection 2010.
Seamus Heaney's new collection elicits continuities and solidarities, between husband and wife, child and parent, then and now, inside an intently remembered present - the stepping stones of the day, the weight and heft of what is passed from hand to hand, lifted and lowered. "Human Chain" also broaches larger questions of tr... read more
This edition replaces Ezra Pound's "Selected Poems 1908-1969", and offers a revaluation of the poetry by conjoining early and late works within a new overview. Emphasis has also been laid on the interpenetration of original composition and translation within Pound's career, and the edition includes the complete "omage to Sext... read more
The "Trouble with Poetry" is the new collection from probably the most popular poet in the entire planet, and finds everyone's favourite contemporary Pre-Socratic in as funny and wise (and sometimes joyfully silly) form as ever. Billy Collins's tone is inimitable. Drawled and knowing, yet without a hint of world-weariness or ... read more
In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible and passionate introduction to the most important poets in our lit... read more
Not an elephant There’s a hippopotamus in the room more awkward than an elephant. It scans the perimeters, paws the carpet; the eyes narrow, threaten. Conversation in low-backed cushioned chairs slides sideways, stumbles, hides those nutrients delectable to the beast. Disappointed, the quadruped moves on. The room relax... read more
This landmark new collection brings together the best of the poetry of Vladimir Nabokov, one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and author of "Lolita" and "Pale Fire". It includes an extensive number of poems that have never appeared in English before, newly translated from the Russian by his son Dmitri Nabokov. Thes... read more
Welcome to the world of Edward Lear! Wonderfully reissued in 2012 to celebrate the bicentenary of Edward Lear, this exquisitely-illustrated hardback is a classic in the making. John Vernon's Lord's stunning illustrations completely capture the spirit and satirical wit of Lear's work, conveying a lifelong enthusiasm for Lear's... read more
The First World War produced some of the most haunting and memorable poetry of our age. In this compelling anthology, the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion guides us through both the horror and the pity of that conflict, from the trenches of the Western Front to reflections from our own age. With a generous selection of our best-lo... read more
When this volume of Shakespeare's poems first appeared in 1609, he had already written most of the great plays that made him famous. The 154 sonnets - all but two of which are addressed to a beautiful young man or a treacherous 'dark lady' - contain some of the most exquisite and haunting poetry ever written, and deal with et... read more
Tales of change and growth
A thoughtful and wide-ranging collection of prose extracts and poetry from contemporary and traditional literature on the theme of encountering life
In this powerful, evocative collection, master storyteller John O'Donohue explores themes of love and loss, beginnings and endings. Inspired by the ancient wisdom of the Celtic tradition and the rugged, majestic landscape of his birth, the west of Ireland, here he also creates a unique vision of a place and time, and the echo... read more
|Author:||Griff Rhys Jones|
In 1995 BBC Television's 'Bookworm' programme conducted a poll amongst viewers to determine their favourite poems. The top 100 are presented in this book. They include the winner, Kipling's If, and many other classics, as well as modern verse by writers such as Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes.
Right from the beginning, Ted Hughes (1930-98) wrote in a way that set him apart from his contemporaries, as Simon Armitage puts it in his introduction. By the time he published his final collection, "Birthday Letters" in 1998, he had become a colossus on the literary landscape. Other volumes in this series include: "Auden", ... read more
In Catullus for Children, caught between the two cities of Hamilton and Wellington, a popular poet returns to favourite themes of domestic life, her children, and the Russian poets she loves. In the first part Anna, with great wit and originality, adapts some of Catullus's famous verses to the playground, sharply noting the o... read more
|Author:||Samuel Taylor Coleridge Edited by Anne Rooney|
Illustrated with engravings by Gustave Dore, this beautiful hardback edition of Coleridge's narrative poem also includes seven of his acclaimed romantic poems. Regarded as one of the greatest narrative poems in the English language, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner conveys with haunting clarity the suffering of a man who comm... read more
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012 Finalist: Poetry
Rhian Gallagher's second collection - her first with a New Zealand publisher - encompasses a departure from London, where she lived for 18 years, and a return to her country of birth. In three parts, Shift takes us both back and outwards - from the poet's early history out towards the wider world - London, Europe, New York - ... read more