It was once a cliché that poetry was an inaccessible medium, shielded in ivory towers of academia or banished to decades-old school textbooks. But there’s arguably never been a better time to reacquaint yourself with the pleasures of the artform.
In recent years, a new generation of poets have reminded readers why the medium remains as vibrant as ever, and 2021 has been no exception: this year, a host of brilliant poets have brought it to life on London estates, at inauguration podiums, in Covid hospital rooms and on West Country roads.
Whether you’re a master of verse or looking to jump in for the first time, there’s something for you in our roundup below of the must-read poetry collections making waves this year.
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