An inspirational, life affirming, provocative, moving or entertaining poem for each and every day of the year.
Allie Esiri, who read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University, is an accomplished curator and host of live poetry events at The National Theatre, The Bridge Theatre, and at Hay, Oxford, Bath and Cheltenham literary festivals. Her anthology A Poem for Every Day of the Year was in the best books of the year list in The Times and the Observer and the audiobook is read by Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale. Her anthology, A Poem for Every Night of the Year was a best book of the year in The Times and the New Statesman and won the IBW 2017 book award.
A Poem for Every Day does exactly what this sort of book should do and rallies the old crowd-pleasers (Housman, Kipling and Hardy make multiple appearances), then makes occasional dashes off the beaten path to take in things such as Imtiaz Dharker's lovely poem Crab-Apples and even one poem by that gruff bastion of inaccessibility Geoffrey Hill (Ode on the Loss of the Titanic). If you feel as though your life is lacking a bit of poetry, this is an excellent place to start. * Best Poetry Books of 2017, The Times *