The Top 10 Poetry Collections of 2016

Lists #1 I can’t afford enough current poetry to write a sensible top 10 list for 2016 poetry collections and my local library seems a bit nervous about investing in too many new works – but I can use Google 🙂 Here’s a collated list from lists – the top 10 poetry collections as chosen by an assortment of…

“Our Numbered Days” – Neil Hilborn

Learning to Read #3 This was a Christmas present 🙂 I load up my Wish List with enough books to keep me going for five or six months of the year, and then it’s back to the library again until my birthday in November. My reading habits really outstretch my budget! I was very curious…

Spiv

Learning to Write #3 I feel quite strongly about some things, one of them being that the current funding crisis is driving the British Health Service to it’s knees, despite all the efforts of some wonderful staff who make sacrifices of themselves that go way beyond job descriptions and standard hours. I went to the…

Sunshine – Melissa Lee-Houghton

Learning to Read #2 This isn’t a review, I’m not clever enough in the theory and practice of poetry criticism to write a review. This is a response. The cover of this book is a dropped ice cream, a symbol of a day in the Sunshine gone wrong. A symbol of tears and upset, and…

Photograph

Learning to Write #2 A friend of mine shared a post on Facebook, and it had a stock picture of a woman, sat in her underwear, on a bed, looking distraught. I’d not really been writing any poetry for several years, but this picture niggled me. You know the deal – who was she, why…