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Country diary: all around the Bone Caves, the stillness is spectacular

Assynt, Sutherland: Here lay the bones of bears, wolves and humans, the past looming heavy on the present The signs at the start of the glen tell me that a mile and a half beyond lie caves that held...

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Martin Figura creates poetic record of life during pandemic at Salisbury...

Figura worked with staff to produce poems reflecting their experiences during the Covid crisis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One poem imagines an NHS nightshift worker...

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Poem of the week: Before Exile by Louise Mack

A moving, ballad-like poem based on the Australian writer’s own experience of leaving her home country Before Exile Here is my last good-bye,This side the sea. Good-bye! good-bye! good-bye! Love me,...

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Louise Glück: Poems 1962-2020 review – a grand introduction to the Nobel...

A new Penguin collection of the American poet’s work brilliantly showcases the spare beauty of her writing When Louise Glück won the Nobel prize last year, she was, to many in the UK, an unknown...

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Henry Normal: ‘Comedy’s like sugar. It makes things better but I wouldn’t eat...

The producer whose TV hits include The Royle Family and Gavin and Stacey on finding the poignancy in life’s little moments, and heading back to the comedy circuit with his poetry Comedians become...

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Poem of the month: Doctor! by Holly Pester

in the middle of an unspiritual seizure*to the doctor* I am concernedabout my flushes and blood pressureis it a small note on my cheek forever?he was as amazed as cardiacThese freaks you’re holdingA...

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The best recent poetry – review roundup

All the Names Given by Raymond Antrobus; The Sun Is Open by Gail McConnell; Single Window by Daniel Sluman; The Kids by Hannah Lowe Raymond Antrobus’s second collection, All the Names Given(Picador),...

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A little bird told me: how a magpie taught me I could be a father

Charlie Gilmour never wanted to have children – his father had abandoned him at six months and he feared he’d do the same. But then a magpie came into his life and changed everything It wasn’t long...

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Poem of the week: Beer for two in Böckler Park, Berlin by Lucy Burnett

A gently subversive love poem that makes language laugh as it falls over itself Beer for two in Böckler Park, Berlin You asked me for a love poemand I gave you a text message and a handful ofimaginary...

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‘I don’t care’: text shows modern poetry began much earlier than believed

Academic finds that lines widely reproduced in the eastern Roman empire are ‘stressed’ in a way that laid the foundations for what we recognise as poetry For Taylor Swift, the “haters gonna hate”, but...

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Poem of the week: Sonnet 65 by William Shakespeare

This reflection on ‘sad mortality’ is a shining tribute to the power of love Sonnet 65 Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless seaBut sad mortality o’er-sways their power,How with this rage...

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘I draw the line at flapjack, falafel and tripe’

The poet relates tales of his childhood, run-ins with Bernard Manning – and explains why he wishes Ken Loach would lighten up Dr John Cooper Clarke, Salford’s favourite son, arrives in the whitewashed...

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Chris Torrance obituary

My friend Chris Torrance, who has died aged 80, was an important member of the British Poetry Revival of the 1960s and 70s, and an inspiration and mentor to many young and aspiring poets in south Wales...

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Poem of the week: Thames by John Challis

Bobbing and jostling with assorted fragments, London’s unsettled river here loses and finds its human past Thames After a day of keeping tugs and waste disposal barges,sailing racers, showboats and...

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Gilgamesh Dream Tablet to be formally handed back to Iraq

The 3,600-year-old tablet that shows parts of a Sumerian poem will be returned by the US to the country it was taken from in 1991 A 3,600-year-old tablet showing part of the Epic of Gilgamesh will be...

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The Green Knight review – Dev Patel rides high on sublimely beautiful quest

Director David Lowery conjures up visual wonders and metaphysical mysteries from the anonymously authored 14th-century chivalric poem Christ’s sacrifice and the erotic death-wish of earthly glory:...

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‘A poem is a powerful tool’: Somali women raise their voices in the nation of...

A childhood encounter with a hyena inspired Hawa Jama Abdi’s first verse. Now she is part of an arts project designed to encourage women storytellers - and unite all Somalis When Hawa Jama Abdi was...

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Armando Iannucci’s epic Covid poem: ‘It’s my emotional response to the past...

When Covid stalled his film work, the writer took revenge on the virus in the form of a poem about Britain, Brexit and the pandemic – exclusively extracted here Where do you start with the pandemic? It...

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‘Elite v plebs’: the Oxford rivalries of boys who would never grow up to be men

A feud at Balliol College ended for ever when all five involved died in the first world war. Now the tale is to be told on the London stage It was even more elitist than Oxford’s Bullingdon Club, whose...

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Poem of the week: The Concert by Edna St Vincent Millay

When a woman insists she must go to hear the music on her own, a telling argument ensues The Concert No, I will go alone.I will come back when it’s over.Yes, of course I love you.No, it will not be...

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