having announced today that

The Collected Poems of J.R.R. Tolkien

will be published this September,

we’re able to speak publicly about our next book

for the first time since an edition of Tolkien’s verse

was suggested to us in HarperCollins’ offices

in April 2016.

The Tolkien Estate were eager to bring

more of Tolkien’s unpublished poems into print,

and Christopher Tolkien

hoped that his father’s talent for poetry

could become more widely known.

We were sympathetic to both aims,

and no strangers to Tolkien’s poems

through our earlier work.