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DISCOVER THE AMAZING POWER OF POETRY TO MAKE EVEN THE MOST F**KED UP TIMES FEEL BETTER A beautiful little book of short, simple, classic and contemporary poems to dip into, to make life feel better.From Shakespeare and Shelley to Lemn Sissay and Kate Tempest, poets have always been the best at showing us we're not alone, however sh*t things might seem.Funny, ref DISCOVER THE AMAZING POWER OF POETRY TO MAKE EVEN THE MOST F**KED UP TIMES FEEL BETTER A beautiful little book of short, simple, classic and contemporary poems to dip into, to make life feel better.From Shakespeare and Shelley to Lemn Sissay and Kate Tempest, poets have always been the best at showing us we're not alone, however sh*t things might seem.Funny, reflective, romantic and life-affirming - here is an anthology of poems to remind you to keep on looking at the stars: from that first 'what the f*ck' moment to empowering you to do something about this sh*t and ultimately realising that life is still beautiful after all.Rediscover old favourites and find some new treasures - you might be surprised just how much poetry can help. For fans of The Poetry Pharmacy, The Reading Cure and The Emergency Poet.


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DISCOVER THE AMAZING POWER OF POETRY TO MAKE EVEN THE MOST F**KED UP TIMES FEEL BETTER A beautiful little book of short, simple, classic and contemporary poems to dip into, to make life feel better.From Shakespeare and Shelley to Lemn Sissay and Kate Tempest, poets have always been the best at showing us we're not alone, however sh*t things might seem.Funny, ref DISCOVER THE AMAZING POWER OF POETRY TO MAKE EVEN THE MOST F**KED UP TIMES FEEL BETTER A beautiful little book of short, simple, classic and contemporary poems to dip into, to make life feel better.From Shakespeare and Shelley to Lemn Sissay and Kate Tempest, poets have always been the best at showing us we're not alone, however sh*t things might seem.Funny, reflective, romantic and life-affirming - here is an anthology of poems to remind you to keep on looking at the stars: from that first 'what the f*ck' moment to empowering you to do something about this sh*t and ultimately realising that life is still beautiful after all.Rediscover old favourites and find some new treasures - you might be surprised just how much poetry can help. For fans of The Poetry Pharmacy, The Reading Cure and The Emergency Poet.

30 review for Poems for a world gone to sh*t: the amazing power of poetry to make even the most f**ked up times feel better

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    I’m ridiculously pessimistic and I hate this spinning orb of gloom so I loved this book. I loved the sweary aspect especially as somebody who swears like a fucking sailor. It was also really uplifting towards the end with poems to rally the reader into protest, overall such a good collection and I’m glad I picked it up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dario

    Angelou, Dickinson, Gibran, Larkin, Shakespeare, Whitman, and more. This book is split into four sections: What the f**k?, Get me the f**k out of here, Keep your sh*t together, Let’s do something about this sh*t and Life is still f**king beautiful. This collection of life-affirming poems is only 141 pages long. There are small poems surrounded by plenty of blank space and longer poems that take up more space. Their life-affirming effect is still the same, regardless. I will return to it to find co Angelou, Dickinson, Gibran, Larkin, Shakespeare, Whitman, and more. This book is split into four sections: What the f**k?, Get me the f**k out of here, Keep your sh*t together, Let’s do something about this sh*t and Life is still f**king beautiful. This collection of life-affirming poems is only 141 pages long. There are small poems surrounded by plenty of blank space and longer poems that take up more space. Their life-affirming effect is still the same, regardless. I will return to it to find comfort in this mad world we are living in.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Karam

    Looks good as a novelty gift but quite a forgettable collection of poems, and a terrible 'introduction' as well. Punk kids might love this one. Looks good as a novelty gift but quite a forgettable collection of poems, and a terrible 'introduction' as well. Punk kids might love this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lulufrances

    The babest of babes gave this to me and of course that just about made everything even better about this. As always in anthologies there are poems of all kinds (slight euphemism for the spectrum of bad to great), though I must say there was a high percentage in here that I thought were really, really good - great publishing job Quercus! Favourite one, which was actually also the first one I saw upon shuffling through the pages when I unwrapped it: Anne Brontë - The Consolation. So goood. Gonna cher The babest of babes gave this to me and of course that just about made everything even better about this. As always in anthologies there are poems of all kinds (slight euphemism for the spectrum of bad to great), though I must say there was a high percentage in here that I thought were really, really good - great publishing job Quercus! Favourite one, which was actually also the first one I saw upon shuffling through the pages when I unwrapped it: Anne Brontë - The Consolation. So goood. Gonna cherish this. ♥

  5. 5 out of 5

    Just Zack

    Note: this is an anthology, NOT a book by Philip Larkin. Of course, his poem "This Be The Verse" is the first one in the book -- those who read "Little Fires Everywhere" may remember that this poem is mentioned there. Anyway, what the world needs now is poetry, and this book provides a useful selection. Tried to give it to a few friends in the US, but unfortunately not yet available there. Note: this is an anthology, NOT a book by Philip Larkin. Of course, his poem "This Be The Verse" is the first one in the book -- those who read "Little Fires Everywhere" may remember that this poem is mentioned there. Anyway, what the world needs now is poetry, and this book provides a useful selection. Tried to give it to a few friends in the US, but unfortunately not yet available there.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abrar

    This book is a combination of several quoted poems from different sources. It divided into five main chapters. The most favourite chapter was the last one, as this one was concentrated into life poems. I do recommended to those who liked to read some quoted poems. However, it was not as much as I expected based on the recommendations.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    first ever poem book i’ve read. this is a collection so its hard to rate i did not understood half of the poems, but that may be bc im not used to reading them. would i recommend? not for people who are getting into poems

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gonçalo S Neves

    far behind my expectations.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Luca

    — 3.75 / 5 stars ✨ —

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Hale

    As the title describes, this is a short collection of poetry from various writers and eras, on themes such as loss, regret, frustration, hope and peace. I recognised a good number of them, but the ones I didn't know so well were generally good and well-written (even if only a few really spoke to me). I was given this by a friend, and I'm happy to have read it, if only to discover a few verses I hadn't encountered before. It's light, and several entries are extracts from much longer works, but it As the title describes, this is a short collection of poetry from various writers and eras, on themes such as loss, regret, frustration, hope and peace. I recognised a good number of them, but the ones I didn't know so well were generally good and well-written (even if only a few really spoke to me). I was given this by a friend, and I'm happy to have read it, if only to discover a few verses I hadn't encountered before. It's light, and several entries are extracts from much longer works, but it's fine. It put a smile on my face.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wild Horses

    I suppose one good thing about this book is that it is likely to draw in people who do not yet know that poetry is powerful medicine and can save your life. However I didn’t much like it - there are, to my mind, far better anthologies out eg The Staying Alive trilogy. Plus I really don’t like poetry and sh*t used in the same sentence never mind the same book title. As for Philip Larkin being the accredited author, now that IS sh*t!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abigael Taiwo

    Ended much stronger than it started, some gems in this anthology!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan Austin

    Great little diverse collection, read it in one go. Would have liked less abridged versions of some of the poems but other than that, loved it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Filip

    A topical read for 2020. This is a nice wee hardback, containing plenty of poems you've probably read if you're a literature nerd, and some by authors you've never heard about before. I read this as part of a Creative Writing class in which we hardly ever did any poetry writing--strikes me as strange, but I shan't complain. Though I love poetry--especially the structured poetry whose heyday is long since past--I am not all too gifted in writing it. Get it--it can't possibly make things worse, ca A topical read for 2020. This is a nice wee hardback, containing plenty of poems you've probably read if you're a literature nerd, and some by authors you've never heard about before. I read this as part of a Creative Writing class in which we hardly ever did any poetry writing--strikes me as strange, but I shan't complain. Though I love poetry--especially the structured poetry whose heyday is long since past--I am not all too gifted in writing it. Get it--it can't possibly make things worse, can it?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Pilsworth

    Great read for today's climate. Great read for today's climate.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Ross

    happy the man (from a translation of horace's odes) ~john dryden Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own: He who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. happy the man (from a translation of horace's odes) ~john dryden Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own: He who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    A good collection.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena Kolodziej

    This incredible collection of poems published by Quercus comes with the best introductory page I have ever read. Considering the state of our world, I feel like every person should own a copy of this collection unless they are sensitive to a small amount of censored vulgarity. If just like me you are questioning how a collection of poems could be of any help to the hell of a world we live in, take my word when I say it definitely answers that question. Yet while answering that, it creates a powe This incredible collection of poems published by Quercus comes with the best introductory page I have ever read. Considering the state of our world, I feel like every person should own a copy of this collection unless they are sensitive to a small amount of censored vulgarity. If just like me you are questioning how a collection of poems could be of any help to the hell of a world we live in, take my word when I say it definitely answers that question. Yet while answering that, it creates a powerful dialogue on what the world has come to be using a series of poems scrutinising the world itself. This incredible little book has the vast majority of my favourite writers ranging from the classics to the contemporary and you get the best out of the two worlds and the in-between with this collection. Really, just look at that list of writers, it’s astonishing! All of these incredibly skilled writers combined have created an uplifting masterpiece in a world of hopelessness and violence. This is the type of books we need right now. Honestly no words do this collection any justice, and I refuse to quote any of the contents because reading this was a truly enjoyable and entertaining experience. Everything about this collection is perfect.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vinay Leo

    #2019 #YearInBooks Book 21 This collection of poems caught my eye at the Book Fair, and was thinking about buying it, but my friend who accompanied me gifted it instead. I think it was a very interesting book. The poems are divided into five sections viz "what the f**k?" "get me the f**k out of here..." "keep your sh*t together" "let's do something about this sh*t" and "life is still f**king beautiful". The order makes sense, because first we're astounded and the disbelief wants us to run away fro #2019 #YearInBooks Book 21 This collection of poems caught my eye at the Book Fair, and was thinking about buying it, but my friend who accompanied me gifted it instead. I think it was a very interesting book. The poems are divided into five sections viz "what the f**k?" "get me the f**k out of here..." "keep your sh*t together" "let's do something about this sh*t" and "life is still f**king beautiful". The order makes sense, because first we're astounded and the disbelief wants us to run away from the moment, then calmness helps common sense to prevail and pushes us to do something about it and realize life ain't just thorns. My favourite poems were from the poets TS Eliot and Wendy Cope. It made sense, even if it was a bit ominous. Each section has poems that make me contemplate, and I think poetry does do that so it's good. As with every book of poems I have read before, this too has ones I'll revisit. And some in the last section especially. Over the years, I've had favourite books of poetry. This goes right into that list.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dane Cobain

    Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free. I was super excited to get stuck into this collection based upon its title alone. And to be fair to it, I did think it was okay, and it was a reasonable collection of both classical and contemporary poetry. I guess the main problem that I had is that it’s basically the same set of poems that I’ve seen in other collections like Deborah Alma’s Emergency Poet books. There was also a lot of blank space. Overall, it was fine, b Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free. I was super excited to get stuck into this collection based upon its title alone. And to be fair to it, I did think it was okay, and it was a reasonable collection of both classical and contemporary poetry. I guess the main problem that I had is that it’s basically the same set of poems that I’ve seen in other collections like Deborah Alma’s Emergency Poet books. There was also a lot of blank space. Overall, it was fine, but I think the best thing about it is its title. It would make a good novelty gift, I guess.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    I really enjoyed this compendium/anthology of poetry set into five “ chapters” taking us from “WTF “to “Life is still f**king beautiful”. From horror to redemption with a whole mix of classic to recent poets. It definitely brought a smile to my face!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Evelyne

    Beautiful collection of some of the greatest poets 🌺

  23. 5 out of 5

    J Maegan Strong

    Lovely bit of poetry. Brings me a lot of comfort and smiles. I carry this book with me. Everywhere. When I need something to bring me into the moment, this one helps.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joe Roper

    A good selection of poems amusingly organised. Quite a few I’d read before but some very impressive modern poems I’d not heard. Ideal teaching resource (minus the book title)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jyothi Mathew

    This one has one of the bestest introductory page I have ever come across! The selection of poems are perfect. Sometimes poetry's got the power to heal and this collection is a perfect ode to that. This one has one of the bestest introductory page I have ever come across! The selection of poems are perfect. Sometimes poetry's got the power to heal and this collection is a perfect ode to that.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Itch Iseatingnandos

    A nice collection of uplifting poetry

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cj Rey

    I will be keeping this on my desk for easy reference. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ~Oscar Wilde

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    Anyone who hates poetry, read this. You will discover what the big deal is.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    Really good anthology. Nice to see some more contemporary poems amongst the old favourites. Will come back to this again and again.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Georgi_Lvs_Books

    Very quick, simple read. However, I only liked a couple of poems in this book I’m afraid.

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