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How to Wash a Heart by Bhanu Kapil review – unsettling reflections on...

The British poet, inspired by the tale of a California couple who shared their home with a migrant, examines the nature of hospitality in this TS Eliot prize-winning book Bhanu Kapil, poet and...

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TS Eliot winner Bhanu Kapil: 'It's hard to study something by standing in...

The poet’s latest collection, How to Wash a Heart, was partly inspired by a news story about a liberal white couple taking in an Asian refugee Bhanu Kapil’s fourth poetry collection, Schizophrene,...

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‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdown There have been many notable nightclubs in film history. The...

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A joy forever: poetry world prepares to mark bicentenary of John Keats

Two hundred years after his early death, plays, readings and new poetry will honour the legacy of the much beloved author Almost 200 years ago, on 23 February 1821, the English poet John Keats died of...

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Unfinished manuscripts that lay behind Palestinian critic’s stated contempt...

Scholar Edward Said longed to write novels, yet never succeeded, a new biography reveals Edward Said was clear and firm: the work of a critic, he argued, is more important than the work of poets and...

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Poem of the week: A Grey Day by William Vaughn Moody

Some surprisingly buoyant and cheering verses from a neglected American writer A Grey Day Grey drizzling mists the moorlands drape,Rain whitens the dead sea,From headland dim to sullen capeGrey sails...

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John Keats: five poets on his best poems, 200 years since his death

From Ode to a Nightingale to Modern Love, Ruth Padel, Will Harris, Mary Jean Chan, Rachel Long and Seán Hewitt choose their favourites Chosen by Ruth Padel Ruth Padel has written Songs of the Night, a...

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The Great British Art Tour: why is Keats at Guy's hospital?

With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring highlights and hidden gems from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Stuart Williamson’s statue of...

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Nude selfies: are they now art?

Lockdown has triggered a boom in the exchange of intimate shots – and now a new book called Sending Nudes is celebrating the pleasures and perils of baring all to the camera Have you ever sent a nude...

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and founder of City Lights bookshop, dies aged 101

Poet and countercultural pioneer put on trial for publishing Allen Ginsberg’s Howl went on to become a beloved icon of San Francisco Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet, publisher, painter and political...

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti obituary

Poet whose outlook spanned anarchism, ecology, publishing and the City Lights Bookstore in San FranciscoLawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, artist, activist and founder of San Francisco’s famous City Lights...

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The soul of the city: San Francisco honors literary hero Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The co-founder of the City Lights Bookstore had global stature but remained a neighborhood fixture By early afternoon, a small memorial of flowers and a can of Pabst had begun to accumulate outside the...

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Struggling in lockdown, I have found solace in the wisdom of my grandmother |...

My grandmother tells me off for bemoaning my life. Her memories of losing everything and beginning again continue to inspire me, writes poet Nikita Gill “You are the granddaughter of a family that has...

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Two Way Mirror by Fiona Sampson review – a fine life of Elizabeth Barrett...

A portrait of the poet and ‘public prophet’ spotlights her entanglements with empire and race but doesn’t neglect the schlockier pleasures of biographical speculation “How do I love thee? Let me count...

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Before the purge: when the avant garde swept Georgia – in pictures

For a brief period from 1918, modernist art and poetry flourished in Georgia – until the Red Army’s arrival ushered in censorship and the Great Terror of 1937 Continue reading...

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Writ in water, preserved in plaster: how Keats' death mask became a...

The recent sale of a cast for £12,500 is a testament to the Romantic poet’s enduring legacy, on the bicentenary of his death There’s no mention of John Keats’s name on his tombstone – in fact you might...

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Acts of pettiness delight me | Hannah Jane Parkinson

The pettiest person in the world is Donald Trump. It is the only thing to recommend him Though I am a huge fan of parochial wars over loud flute-playing dominating local newspapers, and adore a...

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Colum McCann: 'I’ve never finished Finnegans Wake by James Joyce – I’ve...

The novelist on the influence of Benedict Kiely, the comforts of Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine and feeling changed by Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man The book I am currently readingI am rereading Jim...

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A joyless trudge? No, thanks: why I am utterly sick of ‘going for a walk’

As a Canadian living in the UK, there’s one thing I still don’t get about the British: what’s so great about trudging through a muddy field to nowhere? ‘Fresh air is medicine’: British ramblers on the...

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'I felt a strange grief when I found my birth mother': Jackie Kay on The...

The poet explains how researching her history led her to tell the story from three perspectives: the birth mother, the adoptive mother and the daughter In one way, I’d been writing the poems in The...

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