Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry ★★★★

Stranger, Baby is a contemporary poetry collection that most prominently explores themes of childhood loss, grief and longing. This collection has a strong, cohesive feel to the collection as a whole with individual poems emitting brilliance. If you are wanting a poetry collection that is raw and emotionally charged, and includes moments of stunning wordplay and … Continue reading Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry ★★★★

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Wild Embers by Nikita Gill ★★

Wild Embers is a contemporary feminist poetry collection that explores themes of femininity, female empowerment and personal growth. The collection is comprised of short, simple and incredibly accessible poems, with clear messages that are certainly important and worthwhile. That being said, I found this collection to ultimately be incredibly weak; the writing is dull, the imagery … Continue reading Wild Embers by Nikita Gill ★★

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith ★★★★★

Don't Call Us Dead is a new, contemporary poetry collection by Danez Smith. The poetry in the collection discusses extremely relevant and immensely important issues at the heart of modern day America, and paints a strikingly clear image of what it is like there for some people right now. Encompassing themes of race, sexuality, violence … Continue reading Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith ★★★★★

Spacecraft by John McCullough ★★★★★

Spacecraft is a contemporary poetry collection that discusses many aspects of life, love and human relationships. This poetry collection is stunning: I have absolutely fallen in love with it. The collection incorporates so many wonderful elements: emotional depth, cleverly intricate wordplay, discussion of important contemporary topics, wonderful imagery, incredible insight and a perceptive examination of human … Continue reading Spacecraft by John McCullough ★★★★★

And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou ★★★★½

And Still I Rise is a poetry collection by Maya Angelou, author of her famous memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Born in 1942 Maya Angelou lived and documented her extraordinary life, overcoming racism, poverty and violence. This collection explores a broad range of themes, from sex to slavery, motherhood to romantic relationships, and … Continue reading And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou ★★★★½

The Nation’s Favourite Children’s Poems ★★★★½

This poetry collection, produced in 2001, is a collection of famous, well-loved children's poems by many well known authors, selected by Spike Milligan. Having received this book for Christmas when it first came out I had many of the poems read to me when I was extremely young, and have also reread it multiple times … Continue reading The Nation’s Favourite Children’s Poems ★★★★½