"When I became a bird, Lord, nothing could not stop me. The air feathered as I knelt by my open window for the charm - black on gold, last star of the dawn." - From `Bird' by Liz Berry The Best British Poetry has rapidly become one of the UK's most noted collections. Now in its third edition, Salt Publishing is proud to present this thoroughly inspirational selection from this year's best poets. Offering a completely comprehensive guide for enthusiastic readers and students, this anthology focuses on poems, not poets. Carefully chosen from a wide range of the UK's best print and online magazines, these poems spring to life on the page, breathtakingly original and varied in tone, illuminating, moving and unexpected. From big names such as David Harsent, Alan Jenkins, Ruth Padel and Sean O'Brien, to the wonderful work of Leontia Flynn, Mark Waldron and Charlotte Geater, this collection speaks for itself. The Best British Poetry 2013 concludes with just short biographical details and comments from each of sixty-eight featured poets, lending it a personal and revealing touch. A must for the bookshelf of the poetry amateur and aficionado alike.
Foreword by Roddy Lumsden Introduction by Ahren Warner Rachael Allen Sunday Emily Berry Arlene's House Liz Berry Bird Patrick Brandon The Spirit of Geometry James Brookes Amen to Artillery Sam Buchan-Watts Nose to Tail Hayley Buckland Supper Harry Burke realspace John Burnside At the Entering of the New Year Matthew Caley My Beloved Niall Campbell On Eriskay Ian Cartland Six Winters Melanie Challenger The Daffodil Kayo Chingonyi from calling a spade a spade John Clegg Figtree David Constantine Foxes, rain Emily Critchley Some Curious Things II Claire Crowther Trompe l'oeil Francine Elena Ode to a 1980s Baton Twirling World Champion Menna Elfyn Babysitting in the Crematorium Carco yn y Crem Leontia Flynn MacNeice's Mother Charlotte Geater avoid using the word `pussy' Dai George Seven Rounds with Bill's Ghost Matthew Gregory A Room in Taiwan, 2010 Philip Gross The Works David Harsent Effaced Stuart Henson The Builder Wayne Holloway-Smith Poem in Which Sarah Howe Scrying: turpentine A.B. Jackson from Natural History Andrew Jamison What I'll Say When I Get Back Alan Jenkins Sea-Music Chris McCabe The Alchemist John McCullough ! Patrick McGuinness Doors and Windows of Wallonia Edward Mackay Afterword Andrew McMillan if it wasn't for the nights Kona Macphee Mind Allison McVety Finlandia D.S. Marriott The Redeemers Glyn Maxwell Christmas Seven Times Seven Christopher Middleton The Ghosting Of Paul Celan Kate Miller Salvage Helen Mort Admit you feel like all the ice skates in Brazil Alastair Noon From `Earth Records', 27 Richard O'Brien So Much Will Waste Sean O'Brien Thirteen O'Clocks Richard Osmond The Well Ruth Padel from The Okazaki Fragments Rebecca Perry Pow Pascale Petit Sainte-Chapelle Heather Phillipson Rumination on 25mm of Cotton Jody Porter Girl at the World's End Kate Potts Thirty-three Sam Riviere No Touching Robin Robertson Finding the Keys Sophie Robinson nsfw Charlotte Runcie Lothian Road, Saturday Night Declan Ryan From Alun Lewis Fiona Sampson The Revenant Camellia Stafford I will stay at home and talk on the telephone Chloe Stopa-Hunt The Paris Poems Michael Symmons Roberts After a Line by George Seferis George Szirtes Songlines Helen Tookey Portrait of a Young Woman Tim Turnbull Fetish Mark Waldron Collaboration Nerys Williams The Thirteen Club Contributors' Notes and Comments List of Magazines Acknowledgements