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The Poem and the Journey


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A follow up to the successful 52 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A POEM, this new anthology gives you sixty wise and wonderful poems about life and suggests ways of reading them.

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Ruth Padel has published several collections of poetry and won the National Poetry Prize; her collection Voodoo Shop was shortlisted for the Whitbread and T S Eliot Prizes. She is a Fellow of the Society of Authors and London Zoological Society.


"It's a generous, likable, diligent and smart piece of work" -- Andrew Motion Guardian "Ruth Padel is Virgil in the 'Inferno' of poetry. She guides the reader gently and deftly on the journey... This is much more than a book about poetry, this is a handbook for living!" -- Fiona Shaw "Brilliant... Padel draws on a huge range of references to make a powerful case for poetry as a living art form" Independent "As a writer you would probably choose Ruth Padel as your ideal reader. Her eye misses very little of the nudging and winking that goes on in a poem, and she seems able to tune into the silent music of text on the page...she finds more than most to engage with and enjoy" -- Simon Armitage "An enlivening, illuminating book, lucid, accessible and probing" The Times

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