8 March 2018
My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
When it feels like the world is falling apart around you, things can seem pretty f**ked. But even the greatest poets past and present have also lived through sh*t times. And you know what? Just like us they felt f**ked off about the way the world was going - and they wrote about it in poems that show no matter how bad things might seem, you're not alone.
In Poems in a World Gone to Sh*t you will find inspiration to guide you on a journey from feeling what the f**k and that first instinct to just get the f**k away from it all, to getting some peace and perspective before being empowered to do something about this sh*t- and finally realising that life can be pretty damn beautiful.
A good poetry book is like an emotional first aid kit with a little bit of everything thrown in to make you feel better. When you are hurting poetry can take you to places deep within yourself, it can make you feel instantly better, or it can wrench buckets full of emotion from you until you are left feeling completely wiped out.
Such are the power of words that they really can help you through some pretty rough times. Equally though, poetry can also be uplifting and can inspire, amaze and open up your mind to all that is good in your world.
Poetry from the great and the good are included in this well put together anthology. Some by famous poets, others from poets not so well known, but all with an emphasis on making you stop and consider what's really important.
Here are a few of my favourites:
The Songs I had ...Ivor Gurney
On Children ...Khalil Gibran
From to Jane : The Invitation ...Percy Bysshe Shelley
The oldest reason in the world... Gil Scott Heron
There's lots more wonderful verse, from the traditional to the contemporary, and there's definitely something to suit every mood and every occasion.
Poems for a World Gone to Sh*t make you think, they make you smile and ultimately, they make you realise that when you stop and think about it, the world isn't such a bad place after all.
Poems for a World Gone to Sh*t is published on the 8 March by Quercus