Behind today’s Advent door we indulge in some festive poetry by the one and only Carol Ann Duffy.
My Christmas has been wildly improved by the knowledge that Carol Ann Duffy has brough out a new festive poem this year. Advent Street, like our own bookish advent calendar, invites readers to open each window in Advent street – and hiding behind each is a precious gift.
I have been the lucky recipient of Carol Ann’s festive poems at Christmastime for years, and the news of her new work made me want to revisit my collection. Each is a delight – Dorothy Wordsworth’s Christmas Birthday captures the waiting and the wonder of Christmas Eve; The Christmas Truce imagines that infamous Christmas of 1914, where peace ruled the day over war; The Wren Boys takes us to an Irish Boxing Day, where out into the cold and the wind come the Wren Boys on their hunt for the eponymous bird. There are plenty of others to choose from, all beautifully formed in square tomes with gorgeous illustrations. I look forward to adding the latest poetic offering to my treasured collection, and I hope you will too.