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100 POEMS TO SEE YOU THROUGH
Bibliophile price: £4.50
The popular broadcaster Daisy Goodwin realised there was a gap for a book to cheer and console people in the darkest hour when her mother, interior designer Jocasta Innes, was dying of cancer. She compiled this beautiful anthology in response to provide emotional support, solace and wisdom, all of which poetry can supply - and more. In the face of illness, bereavement, grief, the right poem at the right time can help whether you are the sufferer, watching and waiting; here are pearls to inspire and rocks to give you courage. However bleak the outlook, there is always something to laugh about, the Hilaire Belloc poem about the unfortunate demise of Henry King from chewing little bits of string, the spine-stiffening resolve of a poem like Invictus, the quiet acceptance of Wild Geese by Mary Oliver. The important thing is to experience every poem and let them permeate your consciousness and the rewards will come. Wendy Cope, Raymond Carver, John Betjeman, John Clare, Matthew Arnold with 'Spare me the Whispering, Crowded Room', Philip Larkin's Days, and Carol Ann Duffy's Water among them: 'Fell asleep for three lost hours, only to waken, thirsty, here then see a magpie worn in a bush outside - dawn so soon - and swallow from your still-full cup. Water.' With index of poets and first lines. 160 prettily decorated pages.

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