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Do you love poetry but feel you'd like some suggestions about what to read? Do you enjoy the classics but feel you'd like to sample more contemporary poets? Or did you study English and now feel that you'd like to rediscover some of the pleasure you got from poetry?

Whatever your previous feeling about poetry, the Online Poetry Reading Group offers you a chance to reconnect with it and to broaden your poetic horizons. Intended to attract a whole new audience of poetry lovers, our new Online Reading Group is free and open to everyone. Joining is simple and free - just click ‘Join the reading group' below and register your details if you haven't previously used the Poetry Bookshop Online. If you already have an account with us, simply click the ‘My Account' link in the top right of the screen and make sure that the box in the Online Poetry Reading Group section is checked.

The Online Poetry Reading Group will offer two Choices each month. These will be contrasting books, ranging across the centuries and different formats to include a varied and mainstream selection of poetry anthologies, single author collections and classics. Enrol for free online and you will be sent a monthly email announcing the new Reading Group Choices. This will link through to the dedicated Online Reading Group pages, where you'll be able to read specially commissioned new articles about the books.

Reading Group members will be able to order the books (and any other books on the site) at a discount of 20% for seven days. The books will arrive in time for you to read them and join in the online discussion which will start the following month.

The first two Choices were The Forward Book of Poetry 2011, introduced by the editor and Chair of the Judges, Ruth Padel, and Seamus Heaney's Human Chain, introduced by Gwyneth Lewis.

If you'd like to see a sample article, Neil Astley's Bloodaxe anthology Being Human was our March 2011 Choice. Read Neil's introduction here.

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