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John Lithgow: 'Trump keeps on surviving. Karma never quite wins'

The actor on playing Churchill, almost becoming Frasier Crane, and writing satirical poems about the US president John Lithgow, the self-described “professional actor” and “amateur satirist”, has won...

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Poem of the week: from The Wanderer by Christopher Brennan

This intense account of a lonely winter journey owes much to Milton and German Romanticism From The Wanderer The land I came thro’ last was dumb with night,a limbo of defeated glory, a ghost:for wreck...

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Val Warner obituary

Acclaimed poet, editor and scholar responsible for the rehabilitation of the ‘forgotten’ poet Charlotte MewVal Warner, who has died aged 74, was a gifted poet, an editor, scholar, translator, teacher...

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The best recent poetry – review roundup

Poor by Caleb Femi; The Actual by Inua Ellams; Arrow by Sumita Chakraborty; and Gigantic Cinema: A Weather Anthology edited by Alice Oswald and Paul Keegan It’s rare for a book of poems to repeatedly...

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Margaret Atwood reads her new poem Dearly - audio

Margaret Atwood explores memory, loss and the passage of time in the title poem from her latest collection, Dearly. Continue reading...

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Caught in time’s current: Margaret Atwood on grief, poetry and the past four...

In an exclusive new poem and essay Margaret Atwood reflects on the passing of time and how to create lasting art in a rapidly changing world Read Dearly by Margaret Atwood I can say with a measure of...

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‘Don’t read Clockwork Orange – it’s a foul farrago,’ wrote Burgess

The great novelist saw himself as a poet, and newly found stanzas show him berating his own bestseller in verse Previously unpublished love poems written by Anthony Burgess to each of his two wives...

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Poem of the week: On a Pebbly Beach by John Birtwhistle

A family game provides the occasion to consider some aesthetic principles On a Pebbly Beach When our family was youngand the children took off over the stones like little dogsas we followed in our...

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Joe Biden's love for Seamus Heaney is evidence of a soul you can trust |...

The president-elect has often quoted Heaney’s poetry, with his reading of The Cure at Troy going viral after his election victory I didn’t fall for Joe Biden until I learned that he loves the poetry of...

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Nandita Ghose obituary

My sister, Nandita Ghose, who has died aged 57, was a playwright, poet and producer for BBC Audio Drama and the World Service. Nanda was strongly inspired by her dual Indian and British heritage, and...

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'Treasure trove' of unseen Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney writing found

Affectionate friendship between the two poets and artist Barrie Cooke, united by a love of fishing, revealed in a collection of correspondence that was believed lost A “treasure trove” of unseen poems...

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On my radar: Jay Bernard's cultural highlights

The poet on logic puzzles, sweetcorn ribs and listening to Idles on repeat Steve McQueen answers questions from celebrity admirers Jay Bernard (who uses the non-binary “they”) is a British artist,...

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Poem of the week: Now that you are not-you by Rosie Garland

A very modern, secular kind of elegy reflects on death with a surprising lightness Now that you are not-you and have satisfied the finger-check of pulseat throat and wristear to the chestmirror to the...

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National Book Awards: Charles Yu and Malcolm X biography take top prizes

Yu, writer of short stories and television, won best fiction for Interior Chinatown, his inventive, ‘gut punch’ second novel Charles Yu, a writer whose talents range from short stories to episodes of...

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Arts world dismayed at fate of London home of Rimbaud and Verlaine

Georgian house where infamous French poets lodged was to become an arts centre – but its owner has had a change of heart It was the London home of the 19th-century Decadent poets Arthur Rimbaud and...

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Poem of the week: Blowing Smoke by Nii Ayikwei Parkes

A reflective love poem captures an expanding range of intimate associations Blowing Smokefor the curve of dismounts o Continue reading...

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Dearly by Margaret Atwood review – the experience of a lifetime

Dedicated to her partner, Atwood’s first poetry collection in more than 10 years is wry and entertaining Margaret Atwood does not do nostalgia. This collection of poems, her first in over 10 years, is...

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Costa book awards: Susanna Clarke nominated for second novel after 16-year wait

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell author picked for Piranesi, alongside Denise Mina, Julian Barnes and the late Eavan Boland, in prizes for ‘enjoyable’ books Sixteen years after she published her debut,...

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British Library apologises for linking Ted Hughes to slave trade

The poet had been wrongly included among more than 300 figures whose collections were associated with wealth obtained from colonial violence The British Library has apologised to Carol Hughes, the...

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Best poetry books of 2020

Clive James’s joyous farewell, David Bowie speaks to Simon Armitage – and sounds of the city from Caleb Femi While the pandemic might have stopped poets gathering physically, poetry itself is in good...

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