Here's some great, accessible poets to get you into modern poetry.
Naomi Shihab Nye£12.99 £12.34
Seems to effortlessly write about, among other things, growing up and cultural difference in a way that aims to bring people together. Uplifting and life-affirming. Hear here interviewed on the 'On Being' podcast here: https://onbeing.org/programs/naomi-shihab-nye-your-life-is-a-poem-mar2018/
Alice Oswald£14.99 £14.24
The river Dart is quite near our shop in Crediton, and this portrait of the river eddies and swirls, haunts and beguiles.
Caroline Bird£9.99 £9.49
Winner of the 2020 Forward Prize, each poem in this collection takes you into an imaginative world unto itself. See Caroline discussing the beauty of the blank page for the British Library here: https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books/videos/bird-blank-page
Lemn Sissay£9.99 £9.49
If considered as a product of a traumatic childhood, displacement and abuse in the care system, Lemn Sissay's poetry seems extraordinary in its optimism and love for life. Look closely though and the depth is there too.
Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris£14.99 £14.24
Simon Armitage£10.99 £10.44
Forward Arts Foundation£9.99 £9.49
If you want an anthology rather than a single poet, try one published by the Forward Arts Foundation, who showcase new poems and poets.
Mary Jean Chan£10.99 £10.44
Don Paterson£14.99 £14.24