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The Forward Book of Poetry 2016 showcases the best of contemporary poetry published in the British Isles over the year, including the winners of 2015's Forward Prizes for Poetry. This anthology is the 24th in a series that offers an invaluable annual overview of the current state of poetry. The Forward Book of Poetry 2016 showcases the best of contemporary poetry published in the British Isles over the year, including the winners of 2015's Forward Prizes for Poetry. This anthology is the 24th in a series that offers an invaluable annual overview of the current state of poetry.


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The Forward Book of Poetry 2016 showcases the best of contemporary poetry published in the British Isles over the year, including the winners of 2015's Forward Prizes for Poetry. This anthology is the 24th in a series that offers an invaluable annual overview of the current state of poetry. The Forward Book of Poetry 2016 showcases the best of contemporary poetry published in the British Isles over the year, including the winners of 2015's Forward Prizes for Poetry. This anthology is the 24th in a series that offers an invaluable annual overview of the current state of poetry.

30 review for The Forward Book of Poetry 2016

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul O'Neill

    This is an annual collection showcasing all the poems reviewed for the three Forward prizes, amongst the biggest given out in poetry every year. Probably not the best place to look for great poetry for the 'casual' poetry reader, which is what I am. There are far too many pretentious, stuffy poems in here. Still, it wasn't a waste of time, I have a few more names to add to my to read list. - Mona Arshi - Alan Gillis (My favourite poem from this collection) - Matthew Siegel - Don Paterson This is an annual collection showcasing all the poems reviewed for the three Forward prizes, amongst the biggest given out in poetry every year. Probably not the best place to look for great poetry for the 'casual' poetry reader, which is what I am. There are far too many pretentious, stuffy poems in here. Still, it wasn't a waste of time, I have a few more names to add to my to read list. - Mona Arshi - Alan Gillis (My favourite poem from this collection) - Matthew Siegel - Don Paterson

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zara

    Very hit and miss

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This poetry collection is very 50/50, some of the poetry is really good, some of it not so great. I would recommend it to anyone who is new to poetry or is still trying to find what poetry suits them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Allen Radtke

    A mixed collection this year provides some outstanding individual items, but the overall impression is less emotionally compelling, intellectually demanding and stirring than in previous years. Interesting that I found a few of the best in this edition deeply sad and thought-provoking, but unaccompanied by those contrapuntals that fill us with hope and inspiration for our species. Maybe this is a sign of our times and a byproduct of the deluge of dispiriting news we suffer from day-to-day. This A mixed collection this year provides some outstanding individual items, but the overall impression is less emotionally compelling, intellectually demanding and stirring than in previous years. Interesting that I found a few of the best in this edition deeply sad and thought-provoking, but unaccompanied by those contrapuntals that fill us with hope and inspiration for our species. Maybe this is a sign of our times and a byproduct of the deluge of dispiriting news we suffer from day-to-day. This volume is still worth the price of admission, however, as it holds some gems.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James

    Mostly I found this collection mediocre and very little stood out to me. Notable exceptions being Andrew MacMillan whose collection Physical I first noticed in the Gay's The Word bookshop in London and which I shall now be buying. The absolute diamond amongst the rhinestone was the poem by Elaine Feinstein which was about the life of my favourite author Jean Rhys! Mostly I found this collection mediocre and very little stood out to me. Notable exceptions being Andrew MacMillan whose collection Physical I first noticed in the Gay's The Word bookshop in London and which I shall now be buying. The absolute diamond amongst the rhinestone was the poem by Elaine Feinstein which was about the life of my favourite author Jean Rhys!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole O

    Whilst I liked a lot of the poems in this book, I have enjoyed other poetry compilations a lot more. If I had been reading this alone, I may have enjoyed it more but as it stands I read it for my course whilst reading other pieces of poetry. I do, however, think there are some truly amazing poets included in the collection that I would like to read more of

  7. 4 out of 5

    M

    some good / okay-ish writing

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I especially enjoyed 4 poems closer to he start but overall quite enjoyed the collection. Will be picking up Sarah Howe's Loop Of Jade having loved both her poems in this book! I especially enjoyed 4 poems closer to he start but overall quite enjoyed the collection. Will be picking up Sarah Howe's Loop Of Jade having loved both her poems in this book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    I Know Foucault

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Baxter

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jude Alford

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  14. 5 out of 5

    Penn Hackney

  15. 5 out of 5

    speedy Mctavish

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

  18. 4 out of 5

    Magda | plantbasedreader

  19. 5 out of 5

    William Gordon Spratt

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ben Greenhalgh

  21. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  23. 4 out of 5

    Priya

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steve Griffin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Bailey

  26. 5 out of 5

    Denisa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Violet

  29. 4 out of 5

    B A STRONG

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Gillies

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