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CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY, THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL POETRY DAY COLLECTION. CURATED AND INTRODUCED BY CERYS MATTHEWS. Tell Me the Truth About Life is an indispensable anthology which celebrates poetry’s power to tap into the truths that matter. Curated and introduced by Cerys Matthews, this collection draws on the wisdom of crowds: featuring poems nominated for their ins CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY, THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL POETRY DAY COLLECTION. CURATED AND INTRODUCED BY CERYS MATTHEWS. Tell Me the Truth About Life is an indispensable anthology which celebrates poetry’s power to tap into the truths that matter. Curated and introduced by Cerys Matthews, this collection draws on the wisdom of crowds: featuring poems nominated for their insight into truth by a range of ordinary and extraordinary people: from Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, to sporting heroes and world-famous musicians, teachers, artists and politicians. Their choices include contemporary work by Yrsa Daley-Ward, John Cooper Clarke and Kei Miller alongside classics by W H Auden, Emily Dickinson and Dylan Thomas. Here you will find poems to revive the spirit, ballads to mobilize and life-lines to hold you safe in the dark. Compiled for National Poetry Day’s twenty-fifth anniversary, Tell Me the Truth About Life is a book that reminds us we are never completely alone in our search to glimpse the truth. Containing nominations from a number of high-profile poetry lovers and poets, including Michael Morpurgo, Mark Gatiss, Dolly Alderton, and Helen Sharman, among others.


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CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY, THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL POETRY DAY COLLECTION. CURATED AND INTRODUCED BY CERYS MATTHEWS. Tell Me the Truth About Life is an indispensable anthology which celebrates poetry’s power to tap into the truths that matter. Curated and introduced by Cerys Matthews, this collection draws on the wisdom of crowds: featuring poems nominated for their ins CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY, THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL POETRY DAY COLLECTION. CURATED AND INTRODUCED BY CERYS MATTHEWS. Tell Me the Truth About Life is an indispensable anthology which celebrates poetry’s power to tap into the truths that matter. Curated and introduced by Cerys Matthews, this collection draws on the wisdom of crowds: featuring poems nominated for their insight into truth by a range of ordinary and extraordinary people: from Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, to sporting heroes and world-famous musicians, teachers, artists and politicians. Their choices include contemporary work by Yrsa Daley-Ward, John Cooper Clarke and Kei Miller alongside classics by W H Auden, Emily Dickinson and Dylan Thomas. Here you will find poems to revive the spirit, ballads to mobilize and life-lines to hold you safe in the dark. Compiled for National Poetry Day’s twenty-fifth anniversary, Tell Me the Truth About Life is a book that reminds us we are never completely alone in our search to glimpse the truth. Containing nominations from a number of high-profile poetry lovers and poets, including Michael Morpurgo, Mark Gatiss, Dolly Alderton, and Helen Sharman, among others.

30 review for Tell Me the Truth About Life: A National Poetry Day Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jen Saunders

    Bought this for my daughters, got stopped in my tracks by Maggie Smith's Good Bones, sobbed like a baby then read it cover to cover...think I'll be coming back to this one Bought this for my daughters, got stopped in my tracks by Maggie Smith's Good Bones, sobbed like a baby then read it cover to cover...think I'll be coming back to this one

  2. 4 out of 5

    Roger Pettit

    As I write this, the world is in the midst of a Coronavirus pandemic and, like millions of others, I am subject to lockdown procedures that restrict my permitted movement outdoors to essential trips, such as buying food. It’s at such times that poetry can be a great comfort and a great source of inspiration. This very good anthology is exactly that. It was compiled and published to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of National Poetry Day in the UK. National Poetry Day (this year’s will take plac As I write this, the world is in the midst of a Coronavirus pandemic and, like millions of others, I am subject to lockdown procedures that restrict my permitted movement outdoors to essential trips, such as buying food. It’s at such times that poetry can be a great comfort and a great source of inspiration. This very good anthology is exactly that. It was compiled and published to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of National Poetry Day in the UK. National Poetry Day (this year’s will take place on 1 October) is a celebration of poetry in all its guises. ‘Tell Me the Truth About Life’ is a collection of contemporary and long-established verse that was suggested by the public as speaking a particular truth to them. It includes nominations (and the reasons for them) from a number of high-profile individuals, such as comedian Frank Skinner, poet Carol Ann Duffy and singer/songwriter David Gray, as well as many from non-celebrities. The poems include Elizabeth Bishop’s superb villanelle about loss, ‘One Art’; Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s hauntingly beautiful and dreamlike ‘Kubla Khan’; Philip Larkin’s enigmatic love poem ‘An Arundel Tomb’; and Sylvia Plath’s take on the different perspectives on life we all have, ‘Stars over the Dordogne’. Amongst the many fine poems in this collection that were new to me are Gillian Clarke’s touching ‘Blue Hydrangeas’ and ‘Love Poem’ (the title says it all) by Gwyneth Lewis. This is an anthology to treasure. 8/10.

  3. 4 out of 5

    peppersocks

    Reflections and lessons learned: “Go placidly among the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence” Desiderata by Max Ehrmann Wonderful collection curated by Matthews and with choices from a myriad of characters, this covers a great range from classical to modern. Notable poems for myself included: * Kubla Khan by Keats * // by Chan * The Art of Deception by Rooney * At the Intersection by Bilston * The Alice Case by Limburg * Not Waving but Drowning by Smith * Severn Song by Gross * Reflections and lessons learned: “Go placidly among the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence” Desiderata by Max Ehrmann Wonderful collection curated by Matthews and with choices from a myriad of characters, this covers a great range from classical to modern. Notable poems for myself included: * Kubla Khan by Keats * // by Chan * The Art of Deception by Rooney * At the Intersection by Bilston * The Alice Case by Limburg * Not Waving but Drowning by Smith * Severn Song by Gross * The Idea of Houses by Mersal * O Tell Me the Truth About Love by Auden * If We Could Speak Like Wolves by Moore * I’ve Fallen in Love with my Wife by Cooper Clarke * Take This Pen by Walsh In clearing out the loft last month I found an old laminated card of Desiderata - so familiar that I must have had it by my bed or in my wallet for some time - did I buy it or was it gifted by a kind friend? Not sure but the final lines have never been more inspirational: “With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy” Ehrmann

  4. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    One of those books whose pages are begging to be corner folded (oh the indignity) so that the wonderful poems are bookmarked thereby. An absolute treasure trove of poetic goodness, from daft to profound, from long to short, but all inspiring in their own way. Thoroughly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie Firth

    A wonderful collection of poems. I liked the chapters and the comments from various people who lived the poem, although some of these comments were a little tedious. Otherwise a wonderful read, great for dipping in and out of when you get a few free minutes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma Dargue

    Nice collection of poems but nothing special.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Ashworth

    wonderful eclectic selection and several new poets to discover - very highly recommended.

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    Jamie Peel

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    Robert Gale

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    MR RAY BRADFORD

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