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National Poetry Day is a chance for everyone everywhere to read, share and enjoy poetry.
This special anthology features poems by the National Poetry Day Ambassadors, a top team of fantastic poets who bring poetry alive all year round.
Counting Backwards is a retrospective covering ten collections written over four decades and often feels like walking around a gallery; here are domestic interiors, landscapes, grand narratives, each offering us a window on the world of love, loss, longing – all of life.
And each poet has chosen a favourite poem to share, so look out for classics by Chistina Rossetti, WB Yeats, Shakespeare and Keats among others. The Forward Book of Poetry 2019 brings together the best poetry published in the British Isles over the last year, including the winners of the 2018 Forward Prizes.
Poets from the past such as Emily Brontë and Robert Louis Stevenson are included although the emphasis is on the fresh and new from contemporary poets such as Grace Nichols, Rachel Rooney and Jay Hulme and there’s some excellent imagery from child poets Harshita Das and Sam Decie.