Sealey finale

The fifth Sealey Challenge today comes to an end, though as the Sealey Challenge Twitter account today says “As you finish your last book of the month, remember that poetry can be a part of your life all year long. Don’t stop reading!”  Set up by Nicole Sealey, the challenge is an invitation to read a poetry book (or pamphlet) every day for the whole month of August. To support the challenge and encourage wider reading of poetry, The Poetry Society asked poets, including contributors to The Poetry Review and recent Poetry Society competition winners, to recommend texts for people to read each day. The full list is a celebration of a world of poems, poets and poetry publishing.

The complete list of recommendations is:

Ellora Sutton selected ‘Paisley’ by Rakhshan Rizwan (Emma Press, 2017)
Kathryhn Maris selected ‘The Years’ by Jamie McKendrick (Arc, 2020)
Mark Waldron selected ‘Life Cycle of a Bear’ by Steven Kleinman (Anhinga Press, 2021)
Lynn Davidson selected ‘Music for the Dead and Resurrected’ by Valzhyna Mort (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020)
Andre Bagoo selected ‘Soho’ by Richard Scott (Faber, 2018)
Marianne Boruch selected ‘Kyrie’ by Ellen Bryant Voigt (W.W. Norton, 1995)
Stephanie Feeney selected ‘The Lamp with Wings’ by M. A. Vizsolyi (Harper Collins, 2020)
Alycia Pirmohamed selected ‘Hard Damage’ by Aria Aber (University of Nebraska Press, 2019)
Emily Bludworth de Barrios selected ‘Bad Bad’ by Chelsey Minnis (Fence Books, 2007)
Amlanjyoti Goswami selected ‘Advice for an Only Child’ by Anja Konig (Flipped Eye, 2014)
Gail McConnell selected Dawn Watson’s’The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher’ (Emma Press, 2019)
Kate Simpson selected ‘Plastiglomerate’ by Tim Cresswell (Penned in the Margins, 2020)
Will Stone selected ‘Coping Stones’ by Richie McCaffery (Fras Publications, 2021)
Vanessa Lampert selected ‘The Pair of Scissors That Could Cut Anything’ by Luke Samuel Yates (Rialto, 2013)
Amy Crutchfield selected ‘The Great Fires’ by Jack Gilbert (Knopf, 1994)
Marie Baléo selected ‘Fabulous Beast’ by Sarah Kain Gutowski (Texas Review Press, 2019)
Thomas Sleigh selected ‘Against Translation’ by Alan Shapiro (University of Chicago Press, 2019)
Petra White selected ‘Capacity’ by L K Holt (Vagabond Press, 2021)
Gerald Nikolai Smith selected ‘Recent Changes in Vernacular’ by Tony Hoagland (Tres Chicas Books, 2017)
Ruth McIlroy selected ‘Macular Hole’ by Catherine Wagner (Fence Books, 2004)
Chris Greenhalgh selected ‘Selected Poems’ by Frank O’Hara (e.g. Random House, 2009)
Beverley Bie Brahic selected Charles Boyle’s ‘The Disguise: Poems 1977-2001’ (Carcanet, 2021)
Ann Pelletier-Topping selected ‘My Darling from the Lions’ by Rachel Long (Picador, 2020)
Natalie Shaw selected ‘Hare Soup’ by Dorothy Molloy (Faber, 2004)
Dean Rader selected ‘California Fire & Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology’ (Story Street, 2020, ed. MollyFisk)
Mark Fiddes selected ‘The Great Animator’ by Roy Marshall (Shoestring Press, 2017)
Katie Griffiths selected Jane Hirshfield’s ‘The Beauty’ (Bloodaxe, 2015)
Zakia Carpenter-Hall selected ‘Be Holding’ by Ross Gay (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020)
Cheryl Moskowitz selected ‘The Renunciations’ by Donika Kelly (Graywolf Press, 2021)
Claudine Toutoungi selected a video reading of ‘A Conversation About Meat During The Plague’ by Roger Robinson
Ian Duhig selected ‘The Sun is Open’ by Gail McConnell (Penned in the Margins, 2021)
Jonathan Edwards selected ‘Waters’ by Alan Perry (Moonstone, 2017)
Maria Isakova-Bennett selected ‘The Firth’ by John Glenday (Mariscat Press, 2020)

You can find all these recommendations on The Poetry Society’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts with book covers and text from poets explaining their choices.

Find out more about The Sealey Challenge

31 August 2021