It's National Poetry Day today - the annual event when schools, libraries, bookshops, hospitals and many more organisations across the U.K. come together to celebrate poetry's unifying power.
Here at The Reading Agency we've been busy recalling our favourite poems and collections on this year's theme of 'Change'. We've listed them below - some you will probably have heard of before while others are perhaps less well-known. We've got a real mixture, from celebrations of the natural world to children's poetry - which we think reflects the inclusive appeal of National Poetry Day. Take a look at our selections then tell us your recommendations via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Annie Robinson - Programme Manager, Reading & Health (Left); Emma Braithwaite - Programme Manager, Children's Reading (Right)
Annie chose Bluets by Maggie Nelson - a collection of 240 prose poems described by The Guardian as a 'rhythmic reflection on art, literature and emotion'. Emma picked Dylan Thomas; The Everyman Poetry edition brings together the most beloved work of perhaps the most important Welsh poet of the 20th century.
Sadaf Rasheed - Communications Manager, Reading Friends (Far left); Kathryn Rose - Promotions Coordinator (Centre); Kimberley Sheehan - Assistant Programme Manager, Children's Reading Partners (Right)
Sadaf selected Here's What Our Parents Never Taught Us by Shinji Moon. Kathryn has chosen T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - more popularly known in the 21st century as the lyrical basis of the musical Cats. Kimberley has Scissors by Allan Ahlberg, which is about a teacher losing patience at the end of a long school day!
Karen McPherson - Publisher Relations Manager (Left); Sam Cox - Communications, Marketing & Brand Manager (Right)
Karen's choice for National Poetry Day is Variation on the Word Sleep by Margaret Atwood, from her collection Selected Poems II: 1976-1986. Sam is holding Home by British-Somali poet Warsan Shire, which elucidates powerfully the experience of a refugee.
Liz Purchase - Trusts & Foundations Officer
Liz chose River by Ted Hughes, first published in 1983 by Faber. The former Poet Laureate explores waterways across the world in this collection, as well as the creatures that dwell within them - focusing particularly on rivers' regenerative powers. 'I love Ted Hughes elemental and timeless poems, his deep shades and vibrant glimmering imagery,' Liz says.
And finally, here's our CEO Sue Wilkinson MBE, enjoying a copy of The Golden Treasury of Poetry by Louis Untermeyer.
If you haven't yet, there's still just about time to enter our Twitter competition to win a set of poetry collections recommended for reading groups. Or why not visit the official site to find out more about the exciting events going on.