52. The book.

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The 52 project originated as a life-changing year of poetry prompts, published on this site by Jo Bell in the 52 weeks between January 1st 2014 and January 1st 2015.

Now Jo’s prompts – together with ten written by guest poets including Helen Mort, Philip Gross and Neil Rollinson – are available in a single chunky book from Nine Arches Press. It’s an anthology too, with each prompt supported by poems ranging from John Donne and Edward Thomas to contemporary poets like Kei Miller and Sharon Olds.

Who is the book for? Anyone who writes poetry, at any level. Beginners will find a rich wealth of advice and illustrative poems; experienced poets will find material to refresh their practice; and all will find heart-stopping new poems to show how poetry can move, shock and touch us. The first blog (and now, the first chapter in our book) has been re-published here to give you a flavour of the book.

You can read an interview with Jo Bell about the book here. Order it here to start your own 52-week challenge in 2016, or dip in and out of it for inspiration in coming years.

If you’re on Twitter, follow @52poetry for lots of poetry giveaways in the run-up to Christmas, and for news of workshops and events in 2016. 


[And here’s Jubilate Messi by Steve Ely for those of you working on prompt 7.]