Andrew Philip was a bit miffed (though unsurprised, I'm sure) to find that The Guardian's Best Holiday Reads had so little poetry on it. To respond, he invited poets and poetasters to suggest some of their own, and has been blogging them on his site. He'll add to the list as and when he receives them. If you have a bit of time, head over there. I'm glad to be among them.
Also, go over to Surroundings, where Rob A. Mackenzie has been posting very interesting reflections on Tennyson's 'In Memoriam.' I'm really glad he's done it, because it's my conviction that in being bored of these widely anthologised 'old-fashioned' gems, and obsessing over the need to find brand-spanking new ways of saying things, sometimes we throw the baby out with the bathwater. These poems have endured for a reason. Let's stop using 'old-fashioned' as a veiled insult, or even a backhanded compliment.