Adventures in Form receives a PBS Special Commendation

Blog / Tom Chivers

I’m delighted to say that our recent bumper publication, Adventures in Form: A Compendium of New Poetic Forms, Rules & Constraints has received a Special Commendation from the Poetry Book Society. In their Summer bulletin, published today, the PBS describe the book as ‘an anthology that sparkles and intrigues’… ‘Adventures in Form raises fundamental questions, […]

I’m delighted to say that our recent bumper publication, Adventures in Form: A Compendium of New Poetic Forms, Rules & Constraints has received a Special Commendation from the Poetry Book Society.

In their Summer bulletin, published today, the PBS describe the book as ‘an anthology that sparkles and intrigues’…

Adventures in Form raises fundamental questions, about the value of novelty to poetry, for example, about change and choice, sense and nonsense, and about the concept of ‘voice’ in poetry, how it might be revitalised, channelled and challenged’

In other reviews, Todd Swift calls it ‘one of the most eye-opening books of the decade’ (Eyewear) whilst Katy Evans-Bush says

Adventures in Form is a gem, gorgeous as always from Penned in the Margins, and ambitious. It’s stuffed full of sweets. The book is a joy. It’s full of discoveries. It marks a new era where poets of different kinds can work together on an acknowledged shared project, instead of dicing up the whole project of poetry into tiny bits.’ (Baroque in Hackney)

I’m also thrilled that Adventures was highlighted on the back page of the Times Literary Supplement where Paul Stephenson, Valerie Laws and Nathan Penlington came in for particular praise.

– Tom

Adventures in Form features over ninety poems by forty-six contributors including Patience Agbabi, Christian Bök, Joe Dunthorne, Inua Ellams, Roddy Lumsden, Ian McMillan, Paul Muldoon, Ruth Padel and Hannah Silva.

Order online for £9.99.

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