How sweet it is to sit and read the tales
Of mightiest poets and to hear the while
Sweet music, which when the attention fails
Fill the dim pause

Poetry Journal

In addition to my book journal I’m going to start trying to record some of the poetry I’m reading by noting down the poetry books I’m looking at as from mid-August 2018. More often than not I am selecting individual poems to read rather than completing a volume from cover to cover.

Ordered alphabetically by poet’s surname

Simon Armitage

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Charles Baudelaire

The Flowers of Evil (translated by William Aggeler)
Flowers of Evil (translated by George Dillon and Edna St. Vincent Millay)
The Flowers of Evil (translated by James McGowan)
Baudelaire - Poems (translated by Richard Howard, Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets)
Le Fleurs du Mal (translated and adapted by John E. Tidball)
The Flowers of Evil (translated by Anthony Mortimer)
The Flowers of Evil (translated by Cyril Scott)
Selected Poems (prose translations by Carol Clark)

Fiona Benson

Vertigo & Ghost

Paul Birtill

Bad News

William Blake

Blake - Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets)

C. P. Cavafy

The Collected Poems (translated by Evangelos Sachperoglou)

Emily Dickinson

Dickinson - Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets)

Lawrence Durrell

Selected Poems (edited by Peter Porter)

Ella Frears

Shine, Darling

Annie Freud


Allen Ginsberg

Howl and Other Poems
Selected Poems 1947-1995

Ellen Hinsey

The Illegal Age

Michel Houellebecq

Unreconciled (translated by Gavin Bowd)

Clive James

Nefertiti in the Flak Tower

Jack Kerouac

Poems All Sizes
Book of Haikus

John Keats

The Poetical Works of John Keats (Collins)
Keats - Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets)

Nick Laird

Feel Free

Philip Lamantia

The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia

D. H. Lawrence

Selected Poems (edited by Keith Sagar)

Denise Levertov

Poems 1960-1967

Louis MacNeice

Autumn Journal
Selected Poems of Louis MacNeice (edited by W.H.Auden)
Selected Poems (edited by Michael Longley)

Fernando Pessoa

A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems (translated by Richard Zenith)
I Have More Souls Than One (translated by Jonathan Griffin) Selected Poems (Translated by translated by Jonathan Griffin)

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay - Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets)
Wine from These Grapes (Harper & Brothers)
Collected Poems (Harper & Row)

Arthur Rimbaud

A Season in Hell / The Illuminations (translated by Enid Rhodes Peschel)
Rimbaud Complete: Poetry and Prose (translated by Wyatt Mason)

Michael Rosen

Fighters for Life

George Seferis

Collected Poems (1924-1955)

Frederick Seidel

These Days
Widening Income Inequality
The Cosmos Trilogy

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Lyrics and Shorter Poems (Everyman’s Library)
Shelley - Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets)
The Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley Vol. II (edited by C. D. Locock, Methuen)

Hannah Sullivan

Three Poems

Jean Toomer


Ray Vickers

Wood Chippings


Penguin Modern Poets 13: Charles Bukowski, Philip Lamantia, Harold Norse
City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology (edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti)
The Fire of Joy - Roughly Eighty Poems to Get by Heart and Read Aloud (by Clive James)
Off the Shelf - A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse (edited by Carol Ann Duffy)
101 Sonnets (edited by Don Paterson)

A twitter of inconsequent vitality
By Ian Mason

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