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Poems

Read poems from poetry collections published by Faber, from T. S. Eliot to the present day, including our weekly poem feature.

Poem of the Week: ‘In a White Town’ by Daljit Nagra
Poem of the Week: ‘In a White Town’ by Daljit Nagra

Our Poem of the Week is Daljit Nagra’s 'In a White Town', from his witty, intelligent and mischievous debut collection …

Poem of the Week: ‘The Spectators’ by Simon Armitage
Poem of the Week: ‘The Spectators’ by Simon Armitage

Our Poem of the Week is ‘The Spectators’ from Blossomise, Simon Armitage’s glorious collaboration with the illustrator Angela Harding, celebrating …

Poem of the Week: ‘In which I practise happiness’ by Joe Dunthorne
Poem of the Week: ‘In which I practise happiness’ by Joe Dunthorne

Our Poem of the Week is ‘In which I practise happiness’ by Joe Dunthorne, from his debut collection of poetry, …

Poem: ‘Adam’ by Gboyega Odubanjo
Poem: ‘Adam’ by Gboyega Odubanjo

On 4 July 2024, Faber will publish Gboyega Odubanjo’s much anticipated first collection, Adam. In doing so, we join in …

Poem of the Week: ‘The Beginning’ by Wendy Cope
Poem of the Week: ‘The Beginning’ by Wendy Cope

This week's Poem of the Week is 'The Beginning' by Wendy Cope, from her Collected Poems, out on 12 September …

Poem of the Week: ‘Dream of a Dog’ by Emily Berry
Poem of the Week: ‘Dream of a Dog’ by Emily Berry

Our Poem of the Week is ‘Dream of a Dog’ by Emily Berry, extracted from her 2022 collection, Unexhausted Time.

Poem of the Week: ‘The Question’ by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Poem of the Week: ‘The Question’ by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Our Poem of the Week is ‘The Question’ by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, from his 2021 collection Living Weapon, his first publication …

Poem of the Week: ‘Ars Poetica VIII’ by Mary Jean Chan
Poem of the Week: ‘Ars Poetica VIII’ by Mary Jean Chan

Our Poem of the Week is ‘Ars Poetica VIII’ from Bright Fear, Mary Jean Chan’s gleaming second collection.

Poem of the Week: ‘Anahorish’ by Seamus Heaney
Poem of the Week: ‘Anahorish’ by Seamus Heaney

Our Poem of the Week is ‘Anahorish’ from Wintering Out, Seamus Heaney’s third collection of poetry.

Poem of the Week: ‘Folk Song’ by Simon Armitage
Poem of the Week: ‘Folk Song’ by Simon Armitage

Our Poem of the Week is ‘Folk Song’ from Blossomise, Simon Armitage’s glorious collaboration with the illustrator Angela Harding, celebrating …

Poem of the Week: ‘Snowdrop’ by Zaffar Kunial
Poem of the Week: ‘Snowdrop’ by Zaffar Kunial

Our Poem of the Week is ‘Snowdrop’ from England’s Green, Zaffar Kunial’s distinctive and original second collection.

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Poem of the Week: ‘A Light exists in Spring’
Poem of the Week: ‘A Light exists in Spring’

Our Poem of the Week is ‘A Light exists in Spring’, Emily Dickinson’s reflection on the unique light of spring …

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Poem of the Week: ‘When the Sparrow Flies’ by Stevie Smith
Poem of the Week: ‘When the Sparrow Flies’ by Stevie Smith

Our Poem of the Week is ‘When the Sparrow Flies’ from the Collected Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith, one …

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Poem of the Week: ‘The God of Stories’ by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Poem of the Week: ‘The God of Stories’ by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Our Poem of the Week is ‘The God of Stories’, by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, a work that reminds us of the …

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Poem of the Week: ‘Anne Redferne’ by Camille Ralphs
Poem of the Week: ‘Anne Redferne’ by Camille Ralphs

Our Poem of the Week is 'Anne Redferne', from Camille Ralphs's debut collection, After You Were, I Am. The book’s …

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Behind the Book: God Complex by Rachael Allen
Behind the Book: God Complex by Rachael Allen

Rachael Allen shares the prose and poetry that inspired God Complex, her second poetry collection.

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Poem of the Week: ‘le jardin secret’ by Richard Scott
Poem of the Week: ‘le jardin secret’ by Richard Scott

Our Poem of the Week is 'le jardin secret' from Richard Scott's debut collection Soho, an uncompromising portrait of love …

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Poem of the Week: ‘The Hug’ by Thom Gunn
Poem of the Week: ‘The Hug’ by Thom Gunn

Appropriately for Valentine's Day, our Poem of the Week is Thom Gunn's 'The Hug', from his 2002 collection The Man …

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Poem of the Week: ‘Song’ by Seamus Heaney
Poem of the Week: ‘Song’ by Seamus Heaney

This week, our Poem of the Week is Seamus Heaney's 'Song', from his 1979 collection, Field Work.

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Poem of the Week: ‘Footsteps’ by David Harsent
Poem of the Week: ‘Footsteps’ by David Harsent

Our Poem of the Week is ‘Footsteps’ by David Harsent, from his new collection, Skin.

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Poem of the Week: ‘Whose Name Means Honey’ by Victoria Adukwei Bulley
Poem of the Week: ‘Whose Name Means Honey’ by Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Our Poem of the Week, ‘Whose Name Means Honey’, comes from Victoria Adukwei Bulley's debut poetry collection, Quiet.

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Poem of the Week: Was It for This by Hannah Sullivan
Poem of the Week: Was It for This by Hannah Sullivan

This week, our Faber Poem of the Week is an extract from Hannah Sullivan's Was It for This. Sullivan's second …

Poem of the Week: God Complex by Rachael Allen
Poem of the Week: God Complex by Rachael Allen

Our poem of the week comes from Rachael Allen's eagerly awaited second collection God Complex, a visionary, corrosive narrative poem …

Poem of the Week: ‘Little Gidding’ by T. S. Eliot
Poem of the Week: ‘Little Gidding’ by T. S. Eliot

In the first of our new series of weekly poetry features on the Faber Journal, we welcome the New Year …

Extract: School of Instructions by Ishion Hutchinson
Extract: School of Instructions by Ishion Hutchinson

Read an extract, 'In Praise of Shadow' from Ishion Hutchinson's unforgettable book-length poem, School of Instructions, out now.

How I Came to Write ‘The Orange’ by Wendy Cope
How I Came to Write ‘The Orange’ by Wendy Cope

In celebration of the publication of The Orange and other poems, we asked Wendy Cope to tell us how she …

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Three Poems from Ted Hughes’s Lupercal
Three Poems from Ted Hughes’s Lupercal

To celebrate the publication of our new heritage edition of Ted Hughes' Lupercal, Faber's Editor-at-Large, Poetry, picks three poems from …

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Seamus Heaney’s Poetry: 12 Poems from 12 Collections
Seamus Heaney’s Poetry: 12 Poems from 12 Collections

To mark the tenth anniversary of Seamus Heaney’s death and to celebrate his extraordinary legacy, we share a poem from …

‘We’re Lighting Up The Nation’ by Daljit Nagra
‘We’re Lighting Up The Nation’ by Daljit Nagra

Read Dalit Nagra’s poem commissioned for the Coronation Concert’s ‘Lighting up the Nation’ live sequence.

‘An Unexpected Guest’ by Simon Armitage
‘An Unexpected Guest’ by Simon Armitage

Read Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's poem for the coronation of His Majesty Charles III.

Watch: Hannah Sullivan reads her poem ‘Happy Birthday’
Watch: Hannah Sullivan reads her poem ‘Happy Birthday’

Hannah Sullivan reads her poem ‘Happy Birthday’ from Was It for This.

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Extract: The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
Extract: The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

Read and listen to the opening lines of T. S. Eliot's poem, The Waste Land, taken from the Centenary Edition audiobook.

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‘To Alexander Graham’ by W. S. Graham
‘To Alexander Graham’ by W. S. Graham

To celebrate the centenary of W. S. Graham's birth, here's a poem to commemorate the great writer taken from his …