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Sarah Crossan, editor of Tomorrow Is Beautiful,   suggests an alternate way of reading poetry

Sarah Crossan, editor of Tomorrow Is Beautiful, suggests an alternate way of reading poetry

When we think about “how to read poetry” – if we are the sort of people who think about such things – we’re likely to think: “Well, what does it mean?” What is the poetry “really” trying to say here? Because we know the truth: poets are crafty fiends who always have an important “theme”; our job is to decipher it in the correct way, and then (because this may be the last time many of us read poetry) to write that answer in the exam.

Sarah Crossan, editor of Tomorrow Is Beautiful (Bloomsbury, £12.99), suggests an alternate way of reading poetry: “aloud and with a booming, bogus confidence!” This poetry anthology speaks of hope and wellbeing, offering light in the darkness without – and this distinction is vital – pretending the darkness doesn’t exist.

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