I knew that Hay-on-Wye, Wales, was known as the “Town of Books,” and that I, naturally, had to visit such a place. What I didn’t know that it was also the home of another dedicated poetry bookshop – some of you may remember I made a stop at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge during my Poetry Scavenger Hunt late last year.
So, map in hand, I went in search of The Poetry Bookshop. I meant to take a photograph inside to show you all the wonder of floor to ceiling books of poetry (mostly second hand with a smattering of new), but I was so excited upon entering and seeing the potential poetry treasures that awaited me that I completely forgot. This is a representative photograph taken in another nearby bookshop.
Due to budgetary and luggage weight concerns, I had to be very discerning about the number of books I bought. After much deliberation, I decide to buy an anthology of WWII poets for £5. I have always loved Wilfred Owen’s poems and from that interest, I’ve learned a fair bit about WWI poets over the years. Standing in the shop deliberating over my armful of candidate books, I realized that I knew very little about WWII poets and poetry and this fact made the decision for me.
I’m looking forward to filling this gap in my poetry knowledge and discovering some new poets! I had picked out another anthology from the bargain cellar (an actual converted stone cellar, complete with dankness and arch-shaped niches, now filled with books) that was marked for 50p – but when I didn’t have exact change, the shopkeeper threw it in for free. Made the deal even sweeter! If you are ever in Hay-on-Wye, I do recommend stopping by The Poetry Bookshop and foraging for your own poetry treasure!