Book review: ‘A Nature Poem for Every Night of the Year’ edited by Jane McMorland Hunter

A poetry anthology.

‘A Nature Poem for Every Night of the Year’ edited by Jane McMorland Hunter

As the title of this massive nature poetry anthology makes clear, this is a bedside book for dipping into every night. I didn’t keep to such a schedule, tending to catch up on a week’s worth or so at a time.

The book itself is a wonderful artefact, made from the sort of top-quality paper that ought to be mandatory in all hardbacks, but which is so rare in British publishing these days. Opening this book and flicking to each day’s poem is a gorgeous experience.

As for the poems, I have to say an awful lot of them weren’t to my taste. But I think this reflects far more on my extremely limited taste when it comes to poetry than on Jane McMorland Hunter’s editorial judgement. The poems I did enjoy, I enjoyed very much indeed.

A lovely book.

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Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.

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