The Best British Poetry

The Best British Poetry 2012

The Best British Poetry

The Best British Poetry 2012 presents the finest and most engaging poems found in British-based literary magazines and webzines over the past year. The material gathered represents the rich variety of current UK poetry, including lyric, formal and experimental poetry. Each poem is accompanied by a note by the poet themselves, explaining the inspiration for the poem and why they decided to write the poem in that form. The format of the book will be familiar to those who have seen similar annual selections made in other countries such as Ireland, Australia and especially the US, where the equivalent annual book is a popular yet controversial landmark in each year's literary calendar. At a time when print journals still retain their significance and popularity and when new sites are flourishing on the web, this book offers a snapshot of current poetry practices in the country by offering a diverse selection of excellent poems.


The Best British Poetry 2012
Edited by Sasha Dugdale
ISBN 9781907773259
Paperback | 176pp | Demy Octavo
Publication date 1 October 2012
£9.99 $16.95

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Fleur Adcock
Patience Agbabi
Tara Bergin
Liz Berry
Alison Brackenbury
Vahni Capildeo
Melanie Challenger
Amarjit Chandan
Gillian Clarke
John Wedgwood Clarke
John Clegg
David Constantine
Sarah Corbett
Abi Curtis
Amy De'Ath
Christine di Luca
Michael Egan
Elaine Feinstein
Jane Flett
John Gallas
John Gohorry
Andrew Greig
Vona Groake
Jo Haslam
Michael Haslam
Paul Henry
Selima Hill
Sheila Hillier
Sarah Howe
Joanna Ingham
Anthony Joseph
Annie Katchinska
David Kinloch
Janet Kofi-Tsepko
Tim Liardet
Frances Leviston
Fran Lock
Richie McCaffrey
Karen McCarthy Woolf
Jamie McKendrick
Michael McKimm
Hugh McMillan
Kathryn Maris
Hilary Menos
Harriet Moore
Kim Moore
David Morley
Graham Mort
Stephanie Norgate
Bernard O'Donoghue
Richard Owens
Ruth Padel
Alasdair Paterson
Anita Pati
Eleanor Perry
Pascale Petit
Jacob Polley
Caroline Price
Anne Rouse
Kathryn Simmonds
Zoe Skoulding
Linus Slug
Greta Stoddart
Anne Stevenson
Claire Trevien
Mark Waldron
Rory Waterman
Samantha Wynne Rhydderch
Jane Yeh
Yang Lian
Contributors' Notes and Comments
List of Magazines

Series Editor: Roddy Lumsden (born 1966) is a Scottish poet, who was born in St Andrews. He has published five collections of poetry, a number of chapbooks and a collection of trivia, as well as editing a generational anthology of British and Irish poets of the 1990s and 2000s, Identity Parade. He lives in London where he teaches for The Poetry School.



Sources of the poems in the Best British Poetry 2011

Agenda, The Wheelwrights,
Fletching Street, Mayfield
East Sussex TN20 6TL
Editor: Patricia McCarthy

Ambit, 17 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QY
Editor: Martin Bax

Brittle Star, PO Box 56108,
London E17 0AY
Editors: Louisa Hooper, Jacqueline Gabbitas, David Floyd, Martin Parker

The Dark Horse, 3A Blantyre Mill Road, Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, G71 8DD
Editor: Gerry Cambridge

Edinburgh Review, 22a Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LN

Envoi, Meirion House, Glan yr afon Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3SU
Editor: Jan Fortune Wood

Equinox, Chemin de Cambieure
11240 Cailau, Aude, France
Editor: Barbara Dordi

Editors: Kirsten Irving, Jon Stone

Gutter Magazine,
Editors: Adrian Searle, Colin Begg

Horizon Review,
Editor: Katy Evans-Bush

Ink Sweat and Tears,
Editor: Helen Ivory

Iota, PO Box 7721, Matlock
Editor: Nigel McLoughlin

The London Magazine, 11 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5EL
Editor: Steven O'Brien

Magma, 23 Pine Walk,
Carshalton SM5 4ES

Mslexia Publications Limited
PO Box 656,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1PZ
Editor: Debbie Taylor

nineerrors Freak Lung,
Editor: Linus Slug

Northwords Now, PO Box 15066 Dunblane FK15 5BP
Editor: Chris Powici

Obsessed with Pipework, 8 Abbot's Way, Pilton, Somerset BA4 4BN
Editor: Charles Johnson

Other Poetry, Fourlawshill Top, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2EY
Editors: Peter Armstrong, Peter Bennet, James Roderick Burns, Crista Ermiya

PN Review, Dept. of English, University of Glasgow, 5 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QH
Editor: Michael Schmidt

Poetry London, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Editor: Colette Bryce

Poetry Review, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX
Editor: Currently guest editors

Poetry Wales, 57 Nolton Street, Bridgend, Wales, CF31 3AE UK
Editor: Zoë Skoulding

Editor: Andrea Brady

The Rialto, PO Box 309, Aylesham, Norwich NR11 6LN
Editor: Michael Mackmin

Rising, 80 Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, London, N16 6AA
Editor: Tim Wells

Editor: Ian Seed

Shearsman, 58 Velwell Road, Exeter, EX4 4LD
Editor: Tony Frazer

Smiths Knoll, Goldings, Goldings Lane, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4EB
Editors: Michael Laskey and Joanna Cutts

South Bank Poetry, 74 Sylvan Road, London, SE19 2RZ
Editor: Peter Ebsworth

Staple, 114–116 St. Stephen's Road, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG 2 4JS
Editor: Wayne Burrows

Stop Sharpening Your Knives,
Editors: Emily Berry, Nathan Hamilton, Sam Riviere and Jack Underwood

Tears in the Fence, 38 Hod View, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8TN
Editor: David Caddy

Wasafiri, The Open University in London, 1–11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London,
Editor: Susheila Nasta

The Warwick Review, Department of English, University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
Editor Michael Hulse

New Welsh Review, PO Box 170, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion,
SY23 1WZ
Editor: Gwen Davies

The Wolf, April Heights,
Fagnal Lane, Winchmore Hill,
Amersham HP7 0PG
Editor: James Byrne


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