Ten Poems about Babies

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Poet Imtiaz Dharker chooses ten glorious poems about babies in all their gorgeousness.

It is sometimes said that children bring their parents up, not the other way round, and these ten poems describe the experience of becoming a parent, the love and havoc surrounding the arrival of a new baby and the miracle of watching babies as they grow, as they sleep and dream, as they discover the world.

“When it came to choosing my most loved Ten Poems about Babies, my first wish-list was thirty poems long and could have been at least three times longer; but these were the ones I kept coming back to, perhaps because something in them triggered a memory of that exact baby smell, the weight of the head on the chest, the exhaustion and confusion of feelings, the havoc and wonder that surrounds such a coming.” Imtiaz Dharker

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Poems by
John Agard
William Blake
Kate Clanchy
Gillian Clarke
Imtiaz Dharker
Maura Dooley
Carol Ann Duffy
Don Paterson
Sylvia Plath
Anne Stevenson