It’s National Poetry Day, which for us means a whole day of celebrating the power of words to make a change: whether that’s by lifting our mood or inspiring readers to turn words into actions, poetry is a special medium through which layers of meaning can be shared, understood and interpreted.
This year’s theme is truth and, if we’re sharing our truth, we love poetry and its ability to capture a moment, a feeling a movement. If you’re looking to discover poetry, for the first time, or again we’d like to point you in the direction of this month’s featured reading list. Curated by the brilliant South Gloucestershire library service, we’re pleased to share five contemporary poetry titles which cover a range of subjects. From poems that consider identity and politics and notions of loss, to poems which are best-loved and remembered there truly is something for everyone.
This month’s titles are:
Gold from the Stone: New and Collected Poems by Lemn Sissay
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore
Sincerity by Carol Ann Duffy
Dancing in the Light of the Moon edited by Gyles Brandreth
Downloading our Reading Passport app, presents these titles on your digital bookshelf. Find out more about them, add them to your personal books collection, request eBook or printed copies of the titles from your local library service and mark the books as read to collect a stamp for your digital passport. Additionally, use our events calendar to search for literary events in your area or further afield and, if you’re feeling inspired by the reading list, why not head to our Community page to share a poem of your own.
Will you #ShareYourTruth this National Poetry Day? Download the app today.