During the years 2012 to 2017, many volumes of poetry and anthologies were published; however, the study briefly introduce here just two of those volumes: Rosie Garland's Everybody Must Go and Helen Dunmore's Inside the Wave, and one book of criticism, Cancer and Poetry, by Iain Twiddy which discusses some of the significant theoretical problems related to cancer and its expression in the poetry genre. Twiddy's book examines more than ten volumes of poetry, and certain other miscellaneous poems as well those published before 2012. The study focus here is on The Wait Poetry Anthology, which was edited by George Sandifer-Smith. The author selected certain poems which he felt were representative of and indeed believed to pivot around certain specific themes or is a good technical instance of those themes in order to study them in the same context. The author also explore the major themes of the poems in the anthology, their symbolism, certain technical issues, and how these particular poets used cancer as metaphor in their poetry.
Keywords: Cancer, poetry, literary criticism, metaphor, symbolism.