'Life' is a common theme of poetry, with many poets choosing to explore aspects of life both happy and sad, including friendship, love, sadness and life in general.

Featured book coverConsequences by U.A. Fanthorpe

"Consequences great and small control this book. U.A. Fanthorpe has a delicious sense of how history is contained in landscape; and of how the unexpected turns of our lives can be consequent on the smallest acts," writes Kathleen Jamie. Fanthorpe was one of England's best, popular and prolific poets; the foremost theme in her poetry is the cycle of life and death – serious, yet always with a deft touch of humour and humanity.

Featured book coverCollected Poems by Ted Hughes

The Collected Poems spans fifty years of work, from Hawk in the Rain to the bestselling Birthday Letters. It also includes the complete texts of such seminal publications as Crow and Tales from Ovid as well as those children's poems that Hughes felt crossed over into adult poetry. Most significantly it also includes small press publications and editions that, until now, remain uncollected and have never before been available to a general readership.

Featured book coverThe Canals of Mars by Patrick McGuinness

The beauty and strangeness of inner landscapes is reflected in these powerful poems. As each poem tends to the intricacies of human experience, their focus on the fractal patterns within familiar structures--the tree within the leaf, the series of recurrences that unfold to create a fugue--add an element of discovery and revelation to the poems, modulating and rendering strange these musings on what is ostensibly human.

Featured book coverThe Tree House by Kathleen Jamie

In The Tree House Kathleen Jamie argues - as Burns did before her - for an engagement of the whole being through a kind of practical earthly spirituality. These often startling encounters with animals, birds, and other humans propose a way of living which recognises the earth as home to many different consciousnesses - and a means of authentic engagement with 'this, the only world'. Together they form one of the most powerful poetic statements of recent years.

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There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.John Cage, composer