Why are there fewer poems about summer than other seasons? Perhaps the outdoor impulse when the weather is fine goes against the inward mood that writing poems requires. This makes poetry about summer all the more glorious – each poem in this mini-anthology is like a rare, bright jewel that shines with the season’s own brief intensity. Come with us into fields, gardens, forests and up onto city rooftops – share the delight of those precious few months when the natural world seems to wear its heart on its sleeve.
Poems by Fiona Benson, Louise Glück, Choman Hardi, Jane Kenyon, DH Lawrence, Norman MacCaig, Aidan Carl Mathews, Isaac Rosenberg, Naomi Shihab Nye and Edward Thomas. Cover illustration by Alexandra Buckle.