July 23rd 2012

Poetry Writing Workshop recommended reading list

We might not necessarily use/read all of these poems during the workshops but they're a good and diverse selection of contemporary poems for students to read before the sessions begin.

For more examples of contemporary poetry you could also have a look at any of the following anthologies published by Bloodaxe: Staying Alive, Being Alive, Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets

or visit any of the websites below:




In The Wedding Museum Roddy Lumsden

Mattresses Jean Sprackland

The Dead Billy Collins

The Dead John Burnside

Blackthorn Gillian Allnutt

The Mayo Tao Derek Mahon

In Defence Of Adultery Julia Copus

Certain Matters Milner Place

Love Poem John Burnside

The Boys in the Fish Shop Kathryn Simmonds

My Father's Love Letters Yusef Komunyakaa

The Habit of Light Gillian Clarke

The Light Collector Jean Sprackland

Smoke Jacob Polley

Fireflies Cecilia Woloch

Wild Geese Mary Oliver

Frying Trout While Drunk Lynn Emanuel

Constellations Neil Rollinson

The Ecstasy Of St Saviour's Avenue Neil Rollinson

For Desire Kim Addonizio

Sea Shanty Michael Longley

CUPS Gwen Harwood

Swineherd Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Fathers Catherine Smith

The Piano Speaks Sandra Beasley