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Top 11 2011: Poetry anthology gift recommendations

Anthologies are a great introduction to the work of individual poets – and they’re fabulous gifts. If you’re unsure where to start, here are a few suggestions from my bookshelves.

Michelle McGrane lives in Johannesburg and blogs at Peony Moon. Her collection The Suitable Girl is published by Pindrop Press in the UK and Modjaji Books in South Africa.

Bloodaxe trilogy: Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, ed Neil Astley (2002), Being Alive, ed Neil Astley (2004) and Being Human, ed Neil Astley (2011)

Women's Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English, ed Eva Salzman and Amy Wack (Seren Books, 2008)


The Best British Poetry 2011, ed Roddy Lumsden (Salt Publishing, 2011)

The Best American Poetry 2011, ed Kevin Young (Schribner, 2011)

Ten: New poets from Spread the Word, ed Bernardine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra (Bloodaxe, 2010) [hier is Bloodaxe a uitgewer (?) – by die eerste inskrywing lyk dit na iets anders – en daar is geen uitgewer aangedui nie]

The New Century of South African Poetry, ed Michael Chapman (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2002)

The Heart in Exile: South African Poetry in English, 1990–1995, ed Leon de Kock and Ian Tromp (Penguin, 1996)


Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness, ed Carolyn Forché (WW Norton & Co, 1994)

Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets, ed Roddy Lumsden (Bloodaxe, 2010)

The Norton Anthology of Poetry (Fifth edition), eds Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter and Jon Stallworthy (WW Norton & Co, 2005)

The Salt Book of Younger Poets, eds Roddy Lumsden and Eloise Stonborough (Salt Publishing, 2011)




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