Ten Poems of Hope - Poetry Pamphlet
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‘Instead of a Card’. Each pamphlet is gorgeous both inside and out. With covers created by leading contemporary artists and poems hand-picked to speak to every kind of reader, all the lovely Poetry Pamphlet titles offer a richly rewarding reading journey.
Each pamphlet comes with an envelope for posting and a bookmark for a special message. Whether you’re choosing for a friend or for yourself, we think you’ll find you’re spoilt for choice.“A greeting that not only gives great pleasure but illuminates our lives – like a message in a bottle” (Robert McCrum, The Observer).
We couldn’t survive without hope – that light at the end of the tunnel which seems to promise ‘this will pass’ when times are hard. These poems offer hope in a whole range of guises – from the uplift of the first signs of spring to the infectious optimism of a child who believes he will live for ever if he eats his greens.
There’s also a poem in which a grandmother’s words become a precious talisman:
“…empty your paradise onto a desk:
your white sands, green hills and fresh fish.
Shine the lamp on it like the fresh hope
of morning, and keep staring at it till you sleep.”
from ‘A Portable Paradise’ by Roger Robinson
Each of these poems is a little chink of light – a reminder that a moment of joy and consolation is always just around the corner.
Poems by Fleur Adcock, Sujata Bhatt, Arthur Hugh Clough, Katie Dunstan, Kerry Hardie, Winifred Holtby, Roy Marshall, Paula Meehan, Roger Robinson, Laura Theis and Walt Whitman.
Cover illustration by Sarah Kirby.