What poetry books did you read in 2014?

Saturday, 27 December 2014

The New Yorker magazine has recently published its list of nine great poetry books from 2014

What poetry books have you read this year and what are your favourites? These can have any date of publication.

Please write and let us know via e-mail. We will publish your list of nine or less and/ or your comments.




Dear Sue,

here’s my list of poetry books read in 2014.

White Egrets, Derek Walcott

Jaan Kaplinski, Selected poems (Bloodaxe)

The Years, Tom Duddy

The Brittle Sea, Paul Henry

Child, Mimi Khalvati

Allotments in the Orbital, Mandy Pannett

The Garden of Shadow and Delight, Rebecca Hubbard

Horses Between our Legs, Patricia Mc Carthy

Praise in which I live and move and have my being, Paul Durcan.

Wonderful books, all of them..

Happy New Year!

Hi Sue – in addition to all the pamphlets and poetry magazines I’ve enjoyed during 2014, the following books gave me hours and hours of pleasure:

The Man In The Moon – Moira Andrew

The Years – Tom Duddy

Unsent – Penelope Shuttle

Shippen – Dawn Bauling

Cracking On – Grey Hen Press

Being Alive – Bloodaxe

Being Human – Bloodaxe

I thoroughly recommend each and every one of these books to lovers of contemporary poetry and aspiring poets.

Best wishes,

Di Coffey


My 7 great poetry books for the past year are as follows:

Elaine Feinstein: CITIES (loved this!)


Carol Ann Duffy (Editor): JUBILEE LINES

Tim Kendall (Editor): POETRY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR Robert Lowell: LIFE STUDIES Robert Lowell: FOR THE UNION DEAD Seamus Heaney: NORTH I read two more the year before that touched me very deeply as well:

Owen Sheers: THE BLUE BOOK

Derek Walcott: THE BOUNTY

Sue, this is a good exercise to make us think about how much or little we are reading. Thank you and thank goodness for Poetry Space, where I am beginning to read more.

Lizzie Ballagher

(Lizzie – thanks so much. It is good to have some of these as recommendations. The Blue Book by Owen Sheers is one of my favourites from the last few years)


Gill McEvoy – The First Telling ( Happenstance)

Dannie Abse – Ask the Moon  (Hutchinson)

Carrie Etter Imagined Sons (Seren)

Sue Boyle – Report from the Judenplatz (Create Space/Independent)

Penelope Shuttle – In the Snowy Air (Templar Poetry)

R.V Bailey and June Hall (eds.) The Book of Love and Loss (Belgrave Press)

Mimi Khalvati The Weather Wheel (Carcanet )

Myra Schneider The Door to Colour (Enitharmon)

Deborah Harvey – Map Making for Beginners  (Indigo Dreams Publishing)


Susan Jane Sims