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Poem of the week: To Tartar, a Terrier Beauty by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

A generous, intense tribute to a loving but profoundly mysterious companion Sonnet: To Tartar, a Terrier Beauty Snowdrop of dogs, with ear of brownest dye,Like the last orphan leaf of naked treeWhich...

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Peter Abbs obituary

My father, Peter Abbs, who has died aged 78, was a writer, poet and educator, and Sussex University’s first professor of creative writing. He wrote 13 books on education and 11 volumes of poetry, as...

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Patti Smith: 'As a writer, you can be a pacifist or a murderer'

As she prepares to ring in 2021 with a performance on screens at Piccadilly Circus, the punk poet explains why she’s optimistic amid the ‘debris’ of Trump’s years in office Patti Smith talks about her...

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For Those I Love: Ireland's potent new poet of grief

Recalling the delivery of the Streets and the music of James Blake, David Balfe’s project is a cathartic document in the wake his best friend’s death Irish drill, jazz violin and supermarket musicals:...

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2021 in books: what to look forward to this year

Kazuo Ishiguro returns with a novel about an artificial friend, Zadie Smith brings the Wife of Bath bang up to date, Bill Gates takes on the climate crisis ... a literary calendar for the year ahead...

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Salt Moon by David Harsent and Simon Harsent review – night visions

Father and son combine poetry with photography to elegant effect, locating our inner turbulence in nocturnal seas This book belongs in a category of its own. It is an unusual collaboration between the...

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Poem of the week: Sibelius by John Greening

A meditation on the later years of the Finnish composer reflects more generally on creative renewal Sibelius It’s January. A swan’s wing overheadreminds you of his Fifthbut also of his death, that...

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Lee Lawrence’s memoir of his mother’s shooting by police wins Costa award

The Louder I Will Sing wins best biography, with other prizes including best novel for Monique Roffey and posthumous poetry honour for Eavan Boland ‘My mum was more than the woman shot by police’: read...

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Hiddensee by Annie Freud review – a painterly imagination

Modest, gentle and universal, these understated poems are a small masterclass in the art of synthesis Painter, retired civil servant and the eldest child of Lucian, Annie Freud launched her poetry...

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Poem of the week: Under the Light, yet under by Emily Dickinson

Like so many of her great poems, this almost-riddle combines a childlike simplicity with great complexity Under the Light, yet under Under the Light, yet under,Under the Grass and the Dirt,Under the...

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Poem of the month: How to balance law books on your head by Holly Hopkins

The problem isn’t how, I absolutely knowthe answer is to go to a Main Streetsome town I don’t live and find a strangerwho hates me, and my clothes, and my voiceand who (while they would never dreamof...

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From naked protests to challenging Museveni: Uganda’s 'rudest feminist' on...

Stella Nyanzi is Uganda's most outspoken, self-described radical queer feminist. She has been imprisoned for her activism and is known for her attention-grabbing naked protests and poetry. In an...

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Rimbaud's remains will not be moved to Panthéon, rules Macron

President decides against relocating remains of French poet to Parisian memorial The remains of the famed French poet Arthur Rimbaud will not be moved to the Panthéon mausoleum despite a campaign to...

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The Guardian view on Dante: heavenly wisdom for our troubled times | Editorial

On the 700th anniversary of the great poet’s death, his Divine Comedy carries a powerful message for modern culture warriors Seven hundred years after his death, updating Dante’s Divine Comedy...

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Cerys Matthews, Hidden Orchestra and 10 Poets: We Are from the Sun review –...

(Decca)Poets ranging from Adam Horovitz to Imtiaz Dharker are backed by shifting arrangements from Matthews and Joe Acheson on this remarkable collaboration In the pop era, the long love affair between...

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Remembering a tragedy: culture inspired by the New Cross fire

Poetry, music and fiction produced by artists in response to the deadly 1981 blaze in south-east London Forty years on from the New Cross fire, has anything changed for black Britons? Surgeby Jay...

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Poem of the week: Old Flat, Abandoned by Rory Waterman

A return visit to a former home shows that the life once lived there is definitively lost Old Flat, Abandoned I force open the door:its shadow shootsdown the wallwhere webs tremblein door-breath and...

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Len Barron obituary

My friend Len Barron, who has died of double pneumonia aged 63, was an inspirational part of the Hillingdon Library community in west London and worked at Harefield Library for 27 years. Len inspired...

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The Late Sun by Christopher Reid review – masterly light and shade

Moments of passing beauty and monumental losses are handled with equal skill in a comforting book Christopher Reid’s wonderful, calming new collection The Late Sun is a patchwork of sunlight and shade....

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Amanda Gorman will be youngest poet to recite at a presidential inauguration

The 22-year-old will recite The Hill We Climb at Joe Biden’s swearing-in on Wednesday, following in the footsteps of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou Amanda Gorman is set to become the sixth poet to...

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