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The Best British Poetry 2012,

Sasha Dugdale & Roddy Lumsden

The Best British Poetry 2012, Sasha Dugdale & Roddy Lumsden


Publication Date: 15-Oct-12 | ISBN: 9781907773259 | Trim Size: 216 x 135 mm | Extent: 176pp | Format: Paperback

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The Best British Poetry 2012 presents the finest and most engaging poems found in literary magazines and webzines over the past year. The material gathered represents the rich variety of current UK poetry. Each poem is accompanied by a note by the poet explaining the inspiration for the poem.

An indispensable guide to British poetry and a must-have purchase for anyone interested in the art, from newcomers to the most experienced professional and all creative writing students working in English.


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Foreword by Roddy Lumsden; Introduction by Sasha Dugdale; Fleur Adcock “Bees’ Nest”; Patience Agbabi “Unfinished Business”; Tara Bergin “Stag-Boy”; Liz Berry “Sow”; Alison Brackenbury “Roll-on”; Vahni Capildeo “Four Departures from ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’”; Melanie Challenger “Suilven or Humility”; Amarjit Chandan “The Prisoner Being Released”; Gillian Clarke “Swans”; John Wedgwood Clarke “Sandside”; John Clegg “Mermaids”; David Constantine “A Local Habitation”; Sarah Corbett “An English Walk”; Abi Curtis “Purpose-Built Town”; Amy De’Ath “Failure”; Christine de Luca “Discontinuity”; Michael Egan “intermission”; Elaine Feinstein “Damage”; Jane Flett “This Cowgirl’s Lament”; John Gallas “from pacifications”; John Gohorry “from Keeping the City”; Andrew Greig “Wynd”; Vona Groarke “Midsummer”; Jo Haslam “Hart”; Michael Haslam “Old Lad”; Paul Henry “Usk”; Selima Hill “The Elephant Whose Sturgeon-like Blood”; Sheila Hillier “Re-entry”; Sarah Howe “Death of Orpheus”; Joanna Ingham “The Corpse Road”; Anthony Joseph “River Dove”; Annie Katchinska “Tawpie”; David Kinloch “from I, Giraffe”; Janet Kofi-Tsekpo “The Arch”; Tim Liardet “Deleted Scene (The Frog)”; Frances Leviston “A Shrunken Head”; Fran Lock “from The Mystic and The Pig Thief”; Richie McCaffery “Ballast Flint”; Karen McCarthy Woolf “Old Mutha Riah. Hoxton 1935”; Jamie McKendrick “King Billy’s Nemesis”; Michael McKimm “Water Cure”; Hugh McMillan “Too Big a Part”; Kathryn Maris “What Will Happen To The Neighbours ; When The Earth Floods?”; Hilary Menos “Bob’s Dogs”; Harriet Moore “Bog Bodies”; Kim Moore “The Drowned Fields”; David Morley “Ballad of the Moon, Moon”; Graham Mort “Passed”; Stephanie Norgate “Free style”; Bernard O’Donoghue “Sardines”; Richard Owens “Immigrant Song”; Ruth Padel “Ripples on New Grass”; Alasdair Paterson “Pomegranate”; Anita Pati “An unborn child wonders if it’s worth it”; Eleanor Perry “Sole”; Pascale Petit “Notre Dame Father”; Jacob Polley “Lunarian”; Caroline Price “After”; Anne Rouse “High Wall”; Kathryn Simmonds “Experience”; Zoe Skoulding “The Man in the Moone”; Anne Stevenson “How astonishing”; Greta Stoddart “The Curtain”; Claire Trevien “Sing Bird”; Mark Waldron “The Life Cycle of the Fly”; Rory Waterman “Marstrand”; Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch “Delft”; Yang Lian “Questions about the Demon Taotie”; Jane Yeh “The Birds”; Contributors’ Notes And Comments; List Of Magazines; Acknowledgements


The Best British Poetry 2011, edited by Roddy Lumsden, is an anthology of meticulous compilation: after a year spent foraging in the various British literary magazines, Lumsden has gathered 70 poems—representing 70 poets. In a format openly indebted to The Best American Poetry series, each poet has in turn commented on their poem’s inception. Fundamental to the nature of this collection is the method of the editor; this is not an anthology of the most celebrated contemporary poets. Rather than being selected by virtue of reputation, each poet wins their place in this book by having a single good poem published in a magazine this year.” —Aime Williams The Oxonian Review


“Lumsden hosts a supremely eclectic party for 85 "new" British and Irish poets — more women than men, for once — whose newness turns on book-length debuts within the past 15 years rather than calendar age.” —Boyd Tonkin The Independent


“I really enjoyed some poems in this anthology from writers I knew by name but had somehow bypassed. It’s certainly a positive introduction to contemporary writing in Britain – a far wider range of styles and schools (and both the famous and lesser known, both the established magazines and the new) than is customary in British publications.” —Rob A. Mackenzie Surroundings


“… it possesses greater energy and range than the annual Forward Book of Poetry, as evidenced in poems by Gillian Allnutt, Amy De'Ath, and Chris McCabe, among others.” —Carrie Etter


“[A]n excellent collection, imaginatively and fairly edited, making it easily one of the books that every reader of poetry wanting to know about new British and Irish poetry should own. I already look forward to the 2012 edition.” —Todd Swift Eyewear



Roddy LumsdenRoddy Lumsden (born 1966) is a Scottish poet, who was born in St Andrews. He has published five collections of poetry, a number of chapbooks and a collection of trivia, as well as editing a generational anthology of British and Irish poets of the 1990s and 2000s, Identity Parade. He lives in London where he teaches for The Poetry School.


Sasha DugdaleSasha Dugdale was born in Sussex. She works as a translator and consultant for the Royal Court and other theatre companies. Her translation, Plasticine by Vassily Sigarev, won the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. She has published two collections of translations of Russian poetry and three collections of her own poetry, Notebook (2003), The Estate (2007) and Red House (2011). In 2003 she received an Eric Gregory Award.

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