8 Collections by Contemporary Female Poets

Women’s voices of our time

Women poets are finally catching up with men in terms of publication and winning the top poetry prizes and holding the top poetry positions. Here are a few powerful collections by contemporary women poets demonstrating the incredible breadth of talent currently out there.

Cover of Pure Lizard

1. Pure Lizard

Sujata Bhatt

3. Stag's Leap

Sharon Olds
Cover of Woods etc.

4. Woods etc.

Alice Oswald
Cover of Nigh-no-place

5. Nigh-no-place

Jen Hadfield
The Zoo Father

6. The Zoo Father

Pascale Petit
The Book of Blood

7. The Book of Blood

Vicki Feaver
Cover of Mean Time

8. Mean Time

Carol Ann Duffy

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Marion McCready
Marion McCready

Marion McCready lives in Argyll, Scotland. Her poetry pamphlet collection, Vintage Sea, was published by Calder Wood Press (2011). She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013 and won the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (2013). Her first full-length collection, Tree Language, was published by Eyewear Publishing (2014). Her website can be found here and she blogs at http://sorlily.blogspot.co.uk/.

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