A bouquet is a welcome and beautiful thing, but the beauty is inevitably short-lived. This delightful mini-anthology, however, is guaranteed never to wither. Roses, fritillaries, daisies, gentians and the humble ragwort are celebrated here by poets ranging from Mimi Khalvati to William Wordsworth.
We experience their colours and scents in vivid language, so each lives on the page with all the intensity of a real flower.
This is one of the lovely mysteries of these poems – that a flower can somehow be like us and shed light on our own hopes and joys.