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Poem of the week: What Remains by Reginald Gibbons

This rendition of a work by the 20th century Russian poet Osip Mandelshtam is a rich celebration of poetry itself What Remains by Reginald Gibbons Yes, bread that’s poisoned. And not even one sip of...

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Amanda Gorman’s Biden moment puts headband in spotlight

Poet’s appearance at president’s inauguration in red Prada ‘power band’ has boosted sales Poet Amanda Gorman’s fashion influence has grown exponentially since she spoke at Joe Biden’s inauguration in...

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Daljit Nagra: ‘Shuggie Bain had me in bits’

The poet on his life changing encounter with William Blake, comfort reading Paradise Lost, and the book he plans to read once he retires The book I am currently reading Poetry in a Global Age by Jahan...

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Elaine Hugh-Jones obituary

Composer whose settings of texts in English displayed dramatic flair, poetic awareness and assured piano writingThe composer Elaine Hugh-Jones, who has died aged 93, made a striking contribution to...

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Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘I’ve always existed in a kind of linguistic exile’

A decade ago, the Pulitzer-winning author threw herself into mastering Italian. She talks about her love for Rome, translating Italy’s ‘finest living writer’ and rewriting her own work in English...

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On my radar: Stacey Dooley’s cultural highlights

The documentary maker and Strictly champion on her love of Dolly Parton, the Pose playlist and Rupi Kaur’s poetry Documentary-maker and presenter Stacey Dooley was born in Luton in 1987. After...

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A drop of hope: new poetry exhibition celebrates power of Covid vaccine

Works inspired by messages from staff, volunteers and jab recipients will go on display at the Francis Crick Institute in London Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Throughout...

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‘Silenced’ voice of Great War poet to be heard for first time

Ivor Gurney’s writings from an asylum were ignored. But a new study reveals their genius While he was locked up in an asylum, the great war poet and composer Ivor Gurney wrote hundreds of songs and...

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Boland: Journey of a Poet review – a profound portrayal of Eavan Boland’s life

Mick Lally theatre, Galway; available onlineDrawing on her early writings, Colm Tóibín captures the essence of the late Irish poet in this transformative livestreamed production Eavan Boland, poet...

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Poem of the week: Grey Natural Light by Katherine Horrex

Climate change and pollution make for surreal and ghostly imagery in this understated and restrained poem Grey Natural Light by Katherine Horrex It breaks through voile and stainslike tannin leaching...

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‘He’s got a wee spring in his step’: 92-year-old grandfather becomes...

Gordon McCulloch’s 101 Poems becomes a hit on Amazon after his granddaughter asked her followers to take a look at the book A self-published poetry anthology by a 92-year-old Scottish grandfather was...

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Living through India’s pandemic: ‘Oxygen is the new currency’

As India is devastated by a crippling second wave of coronavirus, its leaders’ response to the pandemic is causing anguish and disbelief, writes author Jeet Thayil ‘We are witnessing a crime against...

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Windows on the world: pandemic poems by Simon Armitage, Hollie McNish, Kae...

Six of the UK’s best poets reveal exclusive new work and reflect on the last year, losing relatives, long-distance relationships and ‘artistic claustrophobia’ Slug by Hollie McNish is published on 13...

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Poem of the week: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance...

The US poet began writing his sonnets the day Donald Trump was elected president – but even after Trump, they remain fierce, profound and ageless American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin I only...

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‘My head is on fire’: Roger Ballen finds poetry in pain – in pictures

Paint, collage and photography combine in Ballen’s tumultuous The Earth Will Come to Laugh and Feast. Italian poet Gabriele Tinti reflects on his work ... Continue reading...

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Whiskers, claws and applause: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats – in pictures

Since its debut in May 1981, the poetically inspired Cats has become one of the most popular stage shows in the world. Forty years on, here’s a look back at how the long-running musical began Continue...

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Labour’s flag-waving sends distress signal | Brief letters

Wolverhampton | The Guardian | Ageing poets | Union flag | Labour | Starlings John Harris mentions “the arrival of Conservative MPs in such traditional Labour redoubts as ... Wolverhampton” (Labour’s...

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The Butchers: novel set in Irish BSE crisis wins Ondaatje prize

Ruth Gilligan’s thriller about eight men who cull cattle in rural Ireland wins £10,000 for books that ‘best evoke the spirit of a place’ Ruth Gilligan’s literary thriller The Butchers, set in the Irish...

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A Blood Condition by Kayo Chingonyi review – deep, subtle grace

The Zambian-born British poet explores colonial history, the origin of HIV and survivor’s guilt with a quiet power Kayo Chingonyi’s A Blood Condition has a dignity that honours the past without...

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Vincent D’Onofrio: ‘I really did get mugged by a monkey’

The esteemed actor discusses his move into the world of poetry and his distrust of ‘devious’ primates “First of all, let me preface what I’m about to say with this: that other than actual writing...

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