Exciting Poetry Books Without All The  Boring Bits

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Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain (Poets)
1.  Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain (Poets) by Michael Horovitz
The list author says:
  "This is one of the greatest poetry books I have ever read. Most of the poets are relatively unknown and 'underground', but all the poems are fresh and vibrant."
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Grandchildren of Albion: An Illustrated Anthology of Voices and Visions of Younger Poets in Britain
2.  Grandchildren of Albion: An Illustrated Anthology of Voices and Visions of Younger Poets in Britain by Michael Horovitz
The list author says:
  "Sequel to above, including artists who have become well known: Benjamin Zephaniah, Billy Bragg, Atilla the Stockbroker, Carol Ann Duffy, Paul Weller, and many more! The book that got me into poetry."
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The POM! (Poetry Olympics Marathon) Anthology
3.  The POM! (Poetry Olympics Marathon) Anthology by Michael Horovitz
The list author says:
  "Another great collection by Miachael Horovitz. Anything edited by him is essential for the fan of modern contemporary poetry. Shame they're hard to find."
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The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry
4.  The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry by Seamus Heaney
The list author says:
  "A deserved classic that you come back to over and over again, filled with obvious classic poems and previously unheard of obscurities."
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The School Bag
5.  The School Bag by Seamus Heaney
The list author says:
  "Sequel to the above, just as brilliant and inspiring - not just for schools!"
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School's Out: Poems Not for School
6.  School's Out: Poems Not for School by Benjamin Zephaniah
The list author says:
  "Zephaniah is fun, engaging, and a brilliant poet, and is virtually 'The People's Poet Laureat' - and deservedly so. He can't write a dull poem."
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Propa Propaganda
7.  Propa Propaganda by Benjamin Zephaniah
The list author says:
  "Whether for adults or children, all his works are essential for anyone interest in first-class contemporary poetry."
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All the Best: The Selected Poems of Roger McGough
8.  All the Best: The Selected Poems of Roger McGough by Roger McGough
The list author says:
  "McGough, like Zephaniah, is an essential poet; again, the children's poems are not just for children."
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Collected Poems
9.  Collected Poems by Roger McGough
The list author says:
  "A nice, fat collection of his more adult stuff. Start here and get anything with his name on it: whether as poet or editor, he is always reliable."
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Collected Love Poems
10.  Collected Love Poems by Brian Patten
The list author says:
  "Patten is a Merseyside contemporary of McGough's, and is just as talented. His children's work is also excellent."
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British Poetry Since 1945 (Penguin Poets)
11.  British Poetry Since 1945 (Penguin Poets) by Edward Lucie-Smith
The list author says:
  "Another wonderful collection of interesting poets and poems, covering a broader range than many."
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Openers II: Lyrics of Roky Erickson
12.  Openers II: Lyrics of Roky Erickson by Roky Erickson
The list author says:
  "Lyrics can be poetry too. Some weird and crazy stuff from the lead singer of the 13th Floor Elevators (arguably the greatest psychedelic garage band of the '60s)."
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The Complete Lyrics, 1978-2007
13.  The Complete Lyrics, 1978-2007 by Will Self
The list author says:
  "Tough, dark and brilliant; Cave's lyrics stand on their own and cover a wide range of emotions and experiences."
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Collected Poems, 1947-85 (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
14.  Collected Poems, 1947-85 (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Allen Ginsberg
The list author says:
  "Ginsberg may seem too much at times, but you keep coming back to him. Contains 'Hadda Be Playing On The Jukebox', which featured as a Rage Against The Machine b-side."
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Candy is Dandy: The Best of Ogden Nash
15.  Candy is Dandy: The Best of Ogden Nash by Anthony Burgess
The list author says:
  "Hilarious, enjoyable, witty and often poignant, Nash's intelligence makes you feel clever. Deceptively simple poems with a heart and a brain."
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Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times
16.  Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times by Neil Astley
The list author says:
  "This is popular because it is great. Does not have, perhaps, the charm and personality of The Rattle Bag, but it makes up for it in breadth and great choices."
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Being Alive : the sequel to Staying Alive
17.  Being Alive : the sequel to Staying Alive by Neil Astley
The list author says:
  "Just as good, if not better than Staying Alive. If you only buy these two, Children (and Grandchildren) of Albion, The Rattle Bag and The School Bag, you'll have a fine collection of essential poems."
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The Penguin Book of Sick Verse
18.  The Penguin Book of Sick Verse by George MacBeth
The list author says:
  "A great collection of poems based around sickness and disease - somehow not depressing or disgusting!"
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The Complete Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
19.  The Complete Poems (Penguin Modern Classics) by Robert Graves
The list author says:
  "A strange and sometimes difficult poet, who becomes more rewarding the more you read. Clever and challenging, but never boring."
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The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth
20.  The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth by Robert Graves
The list author says:
  "Graves wrote what may be the most incredible, mind-bending book on poetry ever written. Bizarre, magical, difficult, but thoroughly inspiring. Worth working towards once you have the 'poetry bug.'"
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Poems and Fragments
21.  Poems and Fragments by Sappho
The list author says:
  "Poems from The Original Lesbian (sapphic comes from Sappho) could never be boring; simple and enjoyable, and a great translation. Nick Cave's a fan as well."
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Selected Poems
22.  Selected Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
The list author says:
  "One of the few contemporary female poets to be as successful as over-abundant males, her poetry is accessible and widely varied. Hopefully more female poets will gain as much public approval."
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The Complete Collected Poems
23.  The Complete Collected Poems by Dr Maya Angelou
The list author says:
  "Really wonderful, simple poems from the heart (which is where they're supposed to come from). Easy to read, but mentally and emotionally satisfying."
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Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow
24.  Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow by Ted Hughes
The list author says:
  "Nasty, dirty, funny, angry, weird and offensive, yet with beauty and feeling. Hughes was deservedly acclaimed. One of the most exciting poetry books."
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Collected Poems
25.  Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath
The list author says:
  "Plath is too often remembered for The Bell Jar, her suicide and being generally depressing to read. She is not. Many of her poems are full of the joys of life and beauty."
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