Peter Blackman (1909-1993) was one of the early pioneers of Black-British poetry.
Fire Words, the national anthology of school students' poetry I compiled some time ago, included two incendiary poems written by a young teenage Hackney poet called Anna Chen.
"If you are an alien, how come you sound like you're from the north?" Dr Who's assistant once asked Christopher Ecclestone.
A selection of verse which celebrates international workers' day, when 'the green earth rejoices in the bud and the blossom of May'
A slim poetry pamphlet can sometimes pack more of a punch than any breezeblock collected works.
Bill Herbert has produced two astonishingly inventive collections
The radical Italian poet Rocco Scotellaro (1923-53) grew up in the impoverished and mountainous Italian south. He was active in the post-war struggle for land reform until his election as socialist mayor of Tricarico brought him into conflict with local landowners.
The Star's 21st-century poetry reviews editor Andy Croft gets the low-down from fellow poets on the collections which have most impressed in 2012
Two new collections with a northern and Scottish perspective
Steve Spence's first full-length collection A Curious Shipwreck (Shearsman, £8.95) is a book about pirates, real and imagined - Long John Silver, Radio Caroline, file-share piracy, Pirate Jenny, Adam and the Ants, Romeo and Ethel (the pirate's daughter) and Desert Island Discs ("Now if you had to choose only / one of these eight pirates to take / on your desert island, / which one would it be?")