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Here are some poetry books you might discuss in your group. Click on the titles to find out more about each book. You can get your books from the Poetry Book Society's Poetry Bookshop Online, which also offers a special reading group discount.

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T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist 2017 by Various (Various, 2017)

Our annual T. S. Eliot Prize Book Club where we consider the 10 shortlisted books.

Radical Alterations of the Sun

50 Years of Poetry International Book Club by Various (Various, 2017)

Our Autumn book club during Poetry International looked at 5 poets who have appeared over the last 50 years.

Leonard Cohen

Lyricists by Various (Various, 2017)

Our book club during Meltdown looked at the work of 5 acclaimed songwriters.

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T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist 2016 by Various (Various, 2016)

Our annual T. S. Eliot Prize Book Club where we consider the 10 shortlisted books.

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Citizen : an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (Penguin, 2015)

Our Summer 2016 book club looked at an award winning collection exploring racism and injustice.

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My voice : a decade of poems from the Poetry Translation Centre by Sarah Maguire (editor) (Bloodaxe Books, 2014)

Our Poetry International 2015 book club looked at this invigorating anthology.

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Conductors of Chaos by Iain Sinclair (editor) (Picador, 1996)

Our May 2015 Book Club looked at Iain Sinclair's groundbreaking anthology of British experimental poetry.

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Poems by Sinéad Morrissey (Carcanet Press, 2015)

Our Spring 2015 book club looked at the work of award winning Northern Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey.

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Legitimate dangers : American poets of the new century by Various (Sarabande Books, 2006)

Our book club during the London Literature Festival 2014 looked at 5 poets across the pond.

Rilke by Paul Modersohn-Becker

Collected poems by Sujata Bhatt (Carcanet, 2013)

Our Book Club during Poetry International 2014 looked at the work of a truly international poet.

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Life is a Dream : 40 Years Reading Poems by Paul Durcan (Harvill Secker, 2009)

Our St. Patrick's Day Book Club looked at the work of Ireland's most entertaining poet.

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Children's Poets for Grown-Ups by Various (Poetry Library, 2014)

Book club looking at five essential children's poets.

60th birthday

Broken Hierarchies: Poems, 1952-2012 by Geoffrey Hill (Oxford University Press, 2013)

To celebrate the Poetry Library's 60th birthday, 60 years of poetry by Geoffrey Hill.


London: a history in verse by Mark Ford (editor) (Harvard University Press, 2013)

A multi-faceted anthology of poems about the Capital.

Sam Riviere

81 Austerities by Sam Riviere (Faber and Faber, 2012)

Forward Prize winning first collection exploring a vision of a world governed by austerity and information overload.

Sylvia Plath

Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath (Faber and Faber, 1981)

On the 50th anniversary of her death we looked at the work of one of the 20th century's most famous and influential poets.

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The Twelve Poems of Christmas Volume 4 by Carol Ann Duffy (editor) (Candlestick Press, 2012)

Annual pamphlet anthology celebrating Christmas, New Year and the winter season

Tomas Transtromer

The Deleted World by Tomas Tranströmer (Enitharmon, 2006)

Work of Nobel Prize winner translated by Robin Robertson

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The World Record by the editors Neil Astley and Anna Selby (Bloodaxe Books, 2012)

Anthology of world poets published to commemorate Poetry Parnassus 2012


The Poetry of Birds by the editors Simon Armitage and Tim Dee (Viking/Penguin, 2009)

An anthology of poems about birds arranged according to ornithological classification.

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