Top 10 poetry anthologies
Here we present an edited excerpt from their conversation. What struck me most are its sonic qualities, and also the language. Initially I thought that you had embarked on a different path from what you were doing in your previous volumes. It heaves. So I want to ask: To what extent was there any kind of deliberateness or consciousness in it? And I ask this as someone who writes as well, and as someone who has grown tired of their own voice and with their own tricks, in a way.
For a long time it seemed that Irish poetry could be about anything from pisspots to pig-slaughtering but it could not be about politics. There were others before them, of course, Padraig Fiacc ploughed a lonely furrow, for example, and further back in time political activism was commonplace among Irish writers. But the lark-rise of Seamus Heaney began the reign of polite irony. Then the spoken word scene came along. Poetry readings took place in pubs and festival tents where before they happened in libraries and lecture halls. And with this came a directness and flexibility that my generation had failed to appropriate, though it was available to us in the model of the Beats.
I get sad too. You just have to focus on the positive. Cheer up, it can't be that bad. Why are you so sad when you have so much? These are all things people.
rick riordan book list 2017
About this Book
Funny, painful, complex, adventurous, elegiac, innovative, insightful and enduring, the books we have chosen to celebrate here represent just a small selection of the marvellous work we have read and loved over the past twelve months. Below, in alphabetical order, you will find a few of our favourites, in short reviews written by our staff, and a longlist of a hundred. I have a personal connection to this book. The author was thought to be dyslexic with severe learning disabilities until his deafness was discovered at the age of six. A timely and well-presented selection for children that grown-ups, too, would do well to dip into.
A really successful poetry anthology needs two essential ingredients: pace and rhythm. The editor has to think hard about which poems are put together and how they relate to each other. Much of the challenge is working on the order and identifying certain poems that act as breathers to achieve the right tempo. Since childhood, in my loneliest or most tumultuous hours, I have found solace in identifying the perfect poem for the moment. Although I still hunt in secondhand bookshops, the Pharmacy, which started as a live event at festivals, has led readers to share their experiences and recommendations with me.
The First World War changed the map of Europe forever. Empires collapsed, new countries were born, revolutions shocked and inspired the world. The conflict opened up a vista of possibilities and tragedies for poetic exploration, and at the same time poetry was a tool for manipulating the sentiments of the combatant peoples. In Germany alone during the first few months there were over a million poems of propaganda published. We think of war poets as pacifistic protestors, but that view has been created retrospectively. The verse of the time, particularly in the early years of the conflict—in Fernando Pessoa or Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, for example—could find in the violence and technology of modern warfare an awful and exhilarating epiphany.