My favourite books 30: Common Ground

Common Ground, edited by Marghanita Laski

Carcanet, 1989

We have no shortage of poerty anthologies in this house, but Common Ground is the shared favourite.  Laski was a novelist and critic who sought to compile “Everyman’s commonplace book” – it contains all the verses you think you know, organised not by author or date, but by theme: “Loves”, “Beliefs and Doubts”, “Home”, “Time Passing” etc.  It finds room for everything from The Song of Mr Toad to the Book of Common Prayer, and from John Donne to Dorothy Parker.  It’s a thoroughly worthwhile, quality collection.

Common Ground is available at Alibris.