22 poems from 2014

A picture of some cobwebs spun over long grass. Because a blog post needs a picture but I don't know what poetry looks like.

A picture of some cobwebs spun over long grass. Because a blog post needs a picture but I don’t know what poetry looks like.

Here are some poems I enjoyed this year, in alphabetical order, with links to text where available; and a video or a place you can buy the book where no text was available.

I was going to write detailed paragraphs about why I like each poem, but you probably wouldn’t have wanted to read that, and I have work to be getting on with.

I’ve read more poetry this year than most (if not all) previous years. With a couple of notable exceptions (e.g. Matthew Sweeney, Glyn Maxwell, Craig Raine and Gillian Clarke) the poems I’ve enjoyed have either been by dead people I already knew about, or relatively not-famous people I either don’t know or know only digitally, whose poems I have come across via competitions I’ve entered. Alas, 2014 will go down as yet another year in which I tried and failed to “get” a lot of relatively successful contemporary poetry (both truly contemporary and sufficiently “modern” to have been published within my lifetime).

Nevertheless, that there is good poetry (or rather, poetry I like) being written by people other than myself is in no doubt. And with that in mind, I shall rejoice.

  1. The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre – Mark Fiddes
  2. Coffin Routes – Simon Sylvester
  3. Dad’s Last Dance – Richie Brown
  4. Domestic – Matthew Sweeney
  5. Getting Ready – Stephanie Arsoska
  6. Home Brew – David Underdown
  7. John’s Curious Machines – Isabel Rogers
  8. Letter From a Far Country – Gillian Clarke
  9. The Next War – Wilfred Owen
  10. Memory – Christina Rossetti
  11. Morning Song – Sylvia Plath
  12. The Musician’s Wife – David Phillips
  13. My Stalwart – Hugh Pawsey
  14. The Pig Truck – Natalie Pfeffer
  15. Placebo – Craig Raine
  16. The Poison Dwarfs – Matthew Sweeney
  17. Rubik – Stephen Watt
  18. Someone at the Door – Glyn Maxwell
  19. Stowaways – Linda Atterton
  20. Travelling Light – Rosalind Musman Bleach
  21. Vote Britain – Alan Bissett
  22. Welcome 
Leo – Oliver

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