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Activism and Politics in Poetry -

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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 43 books in this booklist

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  • Cover image of book Surge by Jay Bernard
    Surge - by Jay Bernard

    £10.00   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781784742614 | ISBN 10: 1784742619

    *Shortlisted for Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2019* *Winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry*   Jay Bernard’s extraordinary debut is a fearlessly original exploration of the black British archive: an enquiry into ... more

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  • Cover image of book Incendiary Art by Patricia Smith
    Incendiary Art - by Patricia Smith

    £12.00   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781780374710 | ISBN 10: 1780374712

    2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award 2018 NAACP Image Award Finalist 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist Los Angeles Times Book Prize  Incendiary Art confronts the tyranny against the black male body and the tenacious grief of the mothers of mu ... more

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  • Cover image of book To Provide All People: A Poem in the Voice of the NHS by Owen Sheers
    To Provide All People: A Poem in the Voice of the NHS - by Owen Sheers

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780571348084 | ISBN 10: 0571348084

    July 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service Act. Owen Sheers, the author of Pink Mist and the BAFTA nominated The Green Hollow, has created a virtuosic 'film-poem' to coincide with the Vox Pictures/BBC production broadcast to ... more

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  • Cover image of book Truth Street by David Cain
    Truth Street - by David Cain

    £7.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781999674243 | ISBN 10: 1999674243

    On 15 April 1989, during the opening minutes of the FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, 96 men, women and children died in what remains the most serious tragedy in UK sporting history – the Hillsborough Stadium disaster. Thou ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Unaccompanied by Simon Armitage
    The Unaccompanied - by Simon Armitage

    £10.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780571333851 | ISBN 10: 0571333850

    After more than a decade and following his celebrated adventures in drama, translation, travel writing and prose poetry, Simon Armitage’s eleventh collection of poems heralds a return to his trademark contemporary lyricism. The pieces in this multi ... more

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    Don't Call Us Dead - by Danez Smith

    £10.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781784742041 | ISBN 10: 178474204x

    *WINNER OF THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION 2018* *A Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry 2017*   Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a ground-breaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Do ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Luckiest Guy Alive by John Cooper Clarke
    The Luckiest Guy Alive - by John Cooper Clarke

    £14.99   hardback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781509896059 | ISBN 10: 1509896058

    The Luckiest Guy Alive is the first new book of poetry from Dr John Cooper Clarke for several decades – and a brilliant, scabrous, hilarious collection from one of our most beloved and influential writers and performers. From the ‘Attack of the F ... more

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  • Cover image of book Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many by Compiled by Ben Okri
    Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many - by Compiled by Ben Okri

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781473676169 | ISBN 10: 1473676169

    An anthology of inspiring political poetry compiled by award-winning poet and novelist Ben Okri.   In Rise Like Lions, Booker Prize winning writer Ben Okri has compiled a collection of poems that celebrate the many voices of politics, from polemic ... more

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  • Cover image of book Taking the Arrow out of the Heart by Alice Walker
    Taking the Arrow out of the Heart - by Alice Walker

    £8.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781474607261 | ISBN 10: 1474607268

    Mindful poems about tolerance, justice and hope for the Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple.   Alice Walker, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning modern classic, The Color Purple, returns with a poetry collection th ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Self Help Guide to Being In Love with Jeremy Corbyn by Jess Green
    A Self Help Guide to Being In Love with Jeremy Corbyn - by Jess Green

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781911570479 | ISBN 10: 1911570471

    When Jess Green joined the Labour Party at university she doubled the number of members who met weekly in the Liverpool Philharmonic pub. Since then she’s stuck by them through the downfall of Tony Blair, the disappointment of Gordon Brown and the ... more

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  • Cover image of book #MeToo: A Women
    #MeToo: A Women's Poetry Anthology - by Deborah Alma (Editor)

    £10.00   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781911048299 | ISBN 10: 1911048295

    #MeToo – rallying against sexual assault and harassment: A women’s poetry anthology – edited by poet Deborah Alma. "This collection is quite the rollercoaster: it made me cry with sadness – and with joy. I salute the courage of the women w ... more

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  • Cover image of book You Sad Feminist by Megan Beech
    You Sad Feminist - by Megan Beech

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781911570103 | ISBN 10: 1911570102

    How do you feel empowered when depression leaves you powerless? How do you promote self-esteem when your internal critic always shouts the loudest? How do you change the world when you can't get out of bed?   In the second collection by t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Listening to a Pogrom on the Radio by Michael Rosen
    Listening to a Pogrom on the Radio - by Michael Rosen

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780995767522 | ISBN 10: 0995767521

    'Poetry can stick up for the weak' according to Michael Rosen, or it can 'mock the mighty'; it can 'glorify our rulers or it can dissect them. You choose.'   In these powerful new poems Rosen is clear about his own choices. Listening to a Pog ... more

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  • Cover image of book Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now by Amit Majmudar (Editor)
    Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now - by Amit Majmudar (Editor)

    £11.50   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781524711320 | ISBN 10: 1524711322

    Poets on the march: 50 crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate—and son of immigrants — Amit Majmudar.   In a political atmosphere where language and even meani ... more

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  • Cover image of book Tan Raptures by Alan Morrison
    Tan Raptures - by Alan Morrison

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780995563506 | ISBN 10: 0995563500

    Taking its title from the brown envelopes that strike fear into benefit-claimants and the biblical ‘Rapture’, Alan Morrison’s eighth collection imagines these letters as passports to a twisted Tory notion of salvation through benefit sanction. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Don
    Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric - by Claudia Rankine

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780141984179 | ISBN 10: 0141984171

    Here, available for the first time in the UK, is the book in which Claudia Rankine first developed the 'American Lyric' form which makes her Forward Prize-winning collection Citizen so distinctive: an original combination of poetry, lyric essay, phot ... more

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  • Cover image of book Elephant by Siana Bangura
    Elephant - by Siana Bangura

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780993513107 | ISBN 10: 0993513107

    Elephant is the debut collection of poetry by writer, blogger, and poet Siana Bangura (@sianaarrgh).  Never afraid to address the elephant in the room – the very spirit with which this collection was put together – Bangura’s work has a ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Story Chair by Gerry Potter
    The Story Chair - by Gerry Potter

    £9.00   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780993237096 | ISBN 10: 0993237096

    "The Vacant Chair echoes throughout my life. They're vibrant, mystical, time-travelling things, telling tales of the end of lives, of invisible families, of no-longer friends, half-written legendary lovers. Story chairs indeed."   In his sixt ... more

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  • Cover image of book Selected Poems by Nancy Cunard, edited by Sandeep Parmar
    Selected Poems - by Nancy Cunard, edited by Sandeep Parmar

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781784102364 | ISBN 10: 1784102369

    Selected Poems gathers writing from four decades of Nancy Cunard's life, some published here for the first time.   The selection illuminates Cunard's transnational modernist project in full, from her early years as a coterie poet on the edges ... more

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  • Cover image of book Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest
    Let Them Eat Chaos - by Kate Tempest

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781509830008 | ISBN 10: 1509830006

    Let Them Eat Chaos, Kate Tempest's new long poem written for live performance and heard on the album release of the same name, is both a powerful sermon and a moving play for voices.   Seven neighbours inhabit the same London street, but are ... more

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  • Cover image of book Poems for Jeremy Corbyn by Merryn Williams (Editor)
    Poems for Jeremy Corbyn - by Merryn Williams (Editor)

    £10.00   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781910323663 | ISBN 10: 1910323667

    Fifty poets write on the threat to planet earth, war and peace, bullying, Brexit, the age of austerity and Jeremy Corbyn.   Poets include: Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Neil Beardmore, Ian Birchall, Janine Booth, Alan Brownjohn, Rip Bulkeley, Oli ... more

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  • Cover image of book 1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution by Boris Dralyuk (Translated and selected by)
    1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution - by Boris Dralyuk (Translated and selected by)

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781782272144 | ISBN 10: 1782272143

    'This is the last of you, old world - soon we'll smash you to bits.'  The passionate voices of radicals, dreamers, workers, aristocrats, satirists and romantics fill these electrifying poems and prose pieces, written between 1917 and 1919 in ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Alexandra Sequence by John Redmond
    The Alexandra Sequence - by John Redmond

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781784102043 | ISBN 10: 1784102040

    In The Alexandra Sequence John Redmond views contemporary urban life through the suggestive prism of the ‘mummers play’, a seasonal British folk-theatre staged in the streets and door-to-door. The book’s title takes its name from an area of Liv ... more

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  • Cover image of book Kaleidoscope by Laura Taylor
    Kaleidoscope - by Laura Taylor

    £8.00   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780993237058 | ISBN 10: 0993237053

    Laura Taylor was born into a working-class family in the North of England in 1968. She has challenged arbitrary forms of authority all her life. Obsessed with words and language since her early childhood, she believes in the power of poetry as a mean ... more

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  • Cover image of book Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis by Theodoros Chiotis
    Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis - by Theodoros Chiotis

    £10.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781908058249 | ISBN 10: 1908058242

    "the gouged marble, the graffiti scrawls, the statue standing like something outraged remind you, you who yearned to live beyond this, that hope marked you too."(From 'This City', by Adrianne Kalfopoulou) Futures features some of the most darin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Don
    Don't Mention the Children - by Michael Rosen

    £8.95   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780993149023 | ISBN 10: 0993149022

    Michael Rosen is one of our best-loved and writers for children. He has written and edited over 140 books, including contemporary primary-school classics like Mind Your Own Business, Wouldnt You Like to Know, Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Grav ... more

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  • Cover image of book Arguments Yard: Thirty Five Years of Ranting Verse and Thrash Mandola by Attila the Stockbroker
    Arguments Yard: Thirty Five Years of Ranting Verse and Thrash Mandola - by Attila the Stockbroker

    £14.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781909454309 | ISBN 10: 1909454303

    Launched into public consciousness by John Peel in the early 1980s, poet, musician, journalist and political activist Attila the Stockbroker has since spent thirty five years touring the world as a self-sustaining, one man DIY cottage industry. Havin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Collected Poems by John Berger
    Collected Poems - by John Berger

    £8.95   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780992740955 | ISBN 10: 0992740959

    Novelist, draughtsman, film-maker, essayist and critic John Berger is one of the major European intellectuals of our time. For sixty years he has been challenging the way we see the world and how we think about it, in books like Ways of Seeing, Per ... more

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  • Cover image of book The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems) by Alice Walker
    The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems) - by Alice Walker

    £10.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781595589873 | ISBN 10: 1595589872

    A dazzling collection of new poems from the Pulitzer Prize winner. "This tireless activist has freed her mischievous, sensual, and spiritual poetic self to write of nature, love, friendship, courage, and generosity with playful and crooning lyrici ... more

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  • Cover image of book Masks of Anarchy: The History of a Radical Poem, from Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory Fire by Michael Demson, illustrated by Summer McClinton
    Masks of Anarchy: The History of a Radical Poem, from Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory Fire - by Michael Demson, illustrated by Summer McClinton

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781781680988 | ISBN 10: 1781680981

    A graphic history of a poem that became an inspiration to immigrant workers in New York.  Masks of Anarchy tells the extraordinary story of Percy Shelleys poem The Masque of Anarchy, from its conception in Italy and suppression in England ... more

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  • Cover image of book Ad-Liberation by Sai Murray
    Ad-Liberation - by Sai Murray

    £8.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781845232061 | ISBN 10: 1845232062

    Sai Murray follows in the committed political footsteps of Gil Scott-Heron, Adrian Mitchell and Linton Kwesi Johnson, while delighting in the kind of punk wordplay that brought fame to John Cooper Clarke. His dramatic performances have earned him an ... more

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  • Cover image of book Division Street by Helen Mort
    Division Street - by Helen Mort

    £12.00   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780701186845 | ISBN 10: 0701186844

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE T.S. ELIOT PRIZE 2013   SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA POETRY AWARD 2013   The much-anticipated debut collection from award-winning poet and rising star, Helen Mort.   A stone is lobbed in 84, hangs like a st ... more

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  • Cover image of book Come On Everybody: Poems 1953-2008 by Adrian Mitchell
    Come On Everybody: Poems 1953-2008 - by Adrian Mitchell

    £15.00   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781852249465 | ISBN 10: 1852249463

    Come On Everybody brings together poems from a dozen collections published by Adrian Mitchell over five decades, from Poems (1964) to Tell Me Lies (2008).  His poetrys simplicity, clarity, passion and humour show his allegiance to a vital, p ... more

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  • Cover image of book Light Made Solid by Ben Mellor
    Light Made Solid - by Ben Mellor

    £7.50   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780955509285 | ISBN 10: 0955509289

    Poet and performer, theatre-maker and activist, Ben Mellor was the BBC Radio4 Poetry Slam champion 2009. Bristling with the wit and wisdom and the energy he brings to the stage, Light Made Solid is his debut collection for the page and features many ... more

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  • Cover image of book Journey from Winter: Selected Poems by Valentine Ackland
    Journey from Winter: Selected Poems - by Valentine Ackland

    £18.95   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781857548761 | ISBN 10: 1857548760

    Valentine Ackland is best known as the lover of poet Sylvia Townsend Warner, with whom she collaborated on Whether a Dove or a Seagull (1934). She was a distinguished poet in her own right, however, and enjoyed popular success during the 1930s. Consi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Voices Draped in Black by Ifi Amadiume
    Voices Draped in Black - by Ifi Amadiume

    £13.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781592215935 | ISBN 10: 1592215939

    This new collection contains poems written intermittently from the 1980s to the present, celebrating activism and activists, known and unknown, women and men, and the spirit of struggle.Some were assassinated, while some are still alive and some hav ... more

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  • Cover image of book African Affirmations: Songs for Patriots by Askia Toure
    African Affirmations: Songs for Patriots - by Askia Toure

    £13.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781592215553 | ISBN 10: 1592215556

    "At a time when human existence is threatened by the absurdity of power and greed, Toure advances a poetry that celebrates and castigates, that kisses, curses and sings, reminding us as Blake, Whitman, Bly, Cardenal and Mackey that our soul emerges f ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Butterfly
    The Butterfly's Burden - by Mahmoud Darwish, translated by Fady Joudah

    £15.00   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781852247881 | ISBN 10: 1852247886

    Mahmoud Darwish was the poetic voice of the Palestinian people. One of the most acclaimed contemporary poets in the Arab world, he was also a prominent spokesman for human rights who has spent most of his life in exile. In his early work, the fe ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fighters for Life: Selected Poems by Michael Rosen
    Fighters for Life: Selected Poems - by Michael Rosen

    £7.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781905192274 | ISBN 10: 1905192274

    Our mothers and fathers fought the thugs who came totorment them on thestreets.They organised in their places ofwork against magnateswho were pouring milk down mines, shooting minerskilling Afghans and hobnobbing withHitler... (from Fighters for ... more

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  • Cover image of book Poems from Spain: British and Irish International Brigaders on the Spanish Civil War by Jim Jump (editor)
    Poems from Spain: British and Irish International Brigaders on the Spanish Civil War - by Jim Jump (editor)

    £11.00   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781905007394 | ISBN 10: 1905007396

    This is the first poetry anthology solely devoted to poems written by International Brigade volunteers. Fully illustrated and with extensive notes, the collection conveys the idealism and anguish felt by the men and women who risked their lives to de ... more

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  • Cover image of book Halala Madiba: Nelson Mandela in Poetry by Edited by Richard Bartlett
    Halala Madiba: Nelson Mandela in Poetry - by Edited by Richard Bartlett

    £9.95   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780955233906 | ISBN 10: 0955233909

    From the day the cell door closed on Nelson Mandela 40 years ago, poets took up the fight for freedom - not just his freedom, but that of an entire people. This book brings together almost 100 poems from 25 countries that show how a generation of poe ... more

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  • Cover image of book Adult Entertainment by Chloe Poems
    Adult Entertainment - by Chloe Poems

    £6.95   book with CD   (2002) - ISBN 13: 9781901927184 | ISBN 10: 1901927180

    One of the most prodigiously gifted and accessible poets alive today, Chloe Poems gas been described as 'an extraordinary mixture of Shirley Temple and pornography.' This collection of political and social commentary, first presented in Midsummer ... more

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  • Cover image of book Tell Me Lies: Poems 2005-2008 by Adrian Mitchell, illustrated by Ralph Stead
    Tell Me Lies: Poems 2005-2008 - by Adrian Mitchell, illustrated by Ralph Stead

    £10.95   paperback   (0000) - ISBN 13: 9781852248437 | ISBN 10: 1852248432

    Tell Me Lies is a rampaging last collection by the late and much lamented Shadow Poet Laureate. The title-poem is a 21st-century remix of his celebrated anti-war poem, To Whom It May Concern (Tell me lies about Vietnam), first performed at the anti ... more

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