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Our Poem of the Month, in association with Picador



The launch of our Poem of the Month feature last July has proved to be very popular, so we're delighted to be continuing the association with Picador in 2012. Each month, we bring you a poem from one of the many talented poets on their list, ranging from first-timers to some of the most widely read poets in the English language. (You can read earlier Poems of the Month by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.

Picador logoPicador are one of the UK's foremost publishers of poetry, with a list that features, amongst many others, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Sean O'Brien, Jackie Kay, Annie Freud, Paul Farley, Ian Duhig, Robin Robertson and Clive James.

The Picador Book of Birth PoemsThis month's poem is taken from the newly published anthology, The Picador Book of Birth Poems. Poet Kate Clanchy has selected poems that speak powerfully of the wonder, joy, bewilderment and mystery that new life brings, from conception through to the first years of parenthood.

Poets featured include classic writers like William Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti and Robert Burns, 20th century great such as Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney and contemporary writers like Sharon Olds, Paul Muldoon and Kathleen Jamie.

The poem we feature this month is by Richard Meier, who last year won the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize. This rewarded him with the opportunity to have his first collection edited by Don Paterson and published by Picador; entitled Misadventure, it will be available from 1st March.

 

Petal

 

Not a word I've used for anyone
before. And not particular, or funny,
like molecule, say, as your mother calls you.

Matilda, petal - little love-evoker -
I stand above your sleep-surrendered soul,
or else pull outsize grins you'll learn, I fear,

your father's not exactly famous for,
all teary, like a man half-cut,
but so, so sober. And completely yours.

 

© Richard Meier from 'The Picador Book of Birth Poems', edited by Kate Clanchy (Picador, 2012)

 

Poems of the Month from 2011

December: Fiere by Jackie Kay

November: Holus-Bolus by John Kinsella

October: Virgil's Bees by Carol Ann Duffy

September: Cassandra by Glyn Maxwell

August: Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins

July: The Hum by Rachael Boast

 

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The Picador Book of Love Poems
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John Stammers
 
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Books by Kate Clanchy

Newborn
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