TOP PO­ETRY PICKS

First News - - THE WEEK AHEAD -

Here’s a trio of top po­etry col­lec­tions, hand-picked by An­drea Reece, the man­ager of Na­tional Po­etry Day (so you know that she knows her stuff!).

1. The Same In­side by Liz Brown­lee, Matt Good­fel­low and Roger Stevens (Macmil­lan Chil­dren’s Books)

“This col­lec­tion fea­tures po­ems by three top poets: Liz Brown­lee, Matt Good­fel­low and Roger Stevens. Be­tween them they cover a lot of top­ics: friend­ship and to­geth­er­ness, dif­fer­ence, tol­er­ance and bul­ly­ing.”

2. Re­bound by Kwame Alexan­der (An­der­sen)

“This is ac­tu­ally a novel, but it’s writ­ten in verse, and if you’re into rap then you’ll love it. Char­lie Bell is sad, lonely and an­gry when his fa­ther dies sud­denly. Packed off to spend the sum­mer with his grand­par­ents, mak­ing new friends and learn­ing to play bas­ket­ball help him come to terms with what’s hap­pened, un­til some­thing hap­pens that threat­ens to knock him off his feet again.”

3. Po­etry For A Change: A Na­tional Po­etry Day An­thol­ogy (Ot­ter-Barry Books)

“Some 21 poets were each asked to write a poem on the Na­tional Po­etry Day theme of ‘change’, and also to choose a clas­sic poem for in­clu­sion, one that in­spires them.

So, you’ll find were­wolves stalk­ing these pages, as well as chameleons and cater­pil­lars, sun­flow­ers, snap­shots and sum­mer hol­i­days. It’s a book you’ll want to share – this re­ally is po­etry for a change!”

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