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On Poetry by Glyn Maxwell – review

Adam Newey on the best book about poetry that he's ever read"This," Glyn Maxwell writes on the first page of his new book, "is a book for anyone." This is, to say the least, a dubious claim. Given that...

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The Saturday poem: Night Workers

By Helen DunmoreAll you who are awake in the dark of the night,all you companions of the one lit windowin the knuckled-down row of sleeping houses,all you who think nothing of the midnight hourbut by...

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Poem of the week: Legacies by Peter Sirr

This week's poem shows us a multi-faceted Ireland through the prism of the pub, and a half-interior imaginary rambleIt's a month since Bloomsday was celebrated, but perhaps this week's poem, "Legacies"...

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Charles Bukowski and Stephen Sondheim works set for musical collage

A California theatre company will combine the words of the American poet and the music of the US composer and lyricist into a production that will 'reveal the sublime BS of life'The unlikely...

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Jorie Graham and Geoffrey Hill lead Forward prize shortlist

Frontrunners Graham and Hill join Beverley Bie Brahic, Barry Hill and Selima Hill on shortlist for the UK's top poetry award worth £10,000Jorie Graham, one of the biggest names in American poetry, is...

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Fiona Shaw and Edna O'Brien read WB Yeats's poem When You Are Old - audio

Actor Fiona Shaw and novelist Edna O'Brien read WB Yeats's When You Are Old. The recording forms part of Peace Camp, an installation playing love poems simultaneously at eight sites around the British...

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Eileen Atkins, Ioan Gruffudd and Bill Paterson read love poems - audio

Eileen Atkins reads Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare, while Ioan Gruffudd and Bill Paterson read The Voice by Thomas Hardy

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Fiona Shaw: 'I'm not frightened of hard words'

From performing Coleridge's maritime epic to creating a coastal art-and-poetry installation with glowing tents, True Blood star Fiona Shaw is on a mission to make us love language.Given the context for...

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Tears in a tent: rediscovering Tony Harrison's poetry

He's one of our best-loved political poets, and now that I've had a taste of his personal writing I'm desperate for moreForget about Paul Weller or Simple Minds, Elbow or Laura Marling. A gruff...

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The Cultural Olympiad: where's the culture?

Why dress up a sporting event with daredevil dancers, balancing buses and poetry falling from the sky? It's all show and no brainsI saw those daredevil dancers on Sunday. The Elizabeth Streb dance...

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Guardian First Book Award reader nominations: Everything Speaks In Its Own...

The latest reports back from our panel on the reader nominations for the first book award longlist find Getoverit99 and Faye Lipson pondering the relationship between poetry written and...

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Artists reclaim British coastline with love poetry camp and moving island

Alex Hartley's Nowhereisland and Peace Camp in Northumberland aim to bring art to country's extremesOn the shore below the jagged-toothed ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle on the Northumberland coast, 420...

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The Malarkey by Helen Dunmore - review

Sean O'Brien admires Helen Dunmore's best collection to dateHelen Dunmore once commented that as her work has developed she has tried to use less scaffolding, in order to go more directly to the event...

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The Saturday poem: Chanterelle

By Angela LeightonL'incanto, se non il canto. MontaleApricot flesh, a fluted neck,leaf-mould grown to a perfect ear-lobe,cocked, a queer hat, horn of gold,a honeycomb on its own foothold,and light-lorn...

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Blake Morrison: under the witches' spell

Four hundred years ago 10 women were hanged in Lancashire for witchcraft. Now Jeanette Winterson, Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage, all inspired by the notorious Pendle trials, join a long line of...

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Poem of the week: Night Subway by Katha Pollitt

This likable poet takes imaginative leaps in time, from a common subway scene to the Persian king Xerxes surveying his armyLikability in a poet's work is a quality distinct from talent or craft. The...

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Guardian First Book Award reader nominations: Precocious by Adam Lowe

The call for reader nominations to find a 10th title for the first book award longlist produced 11 eligible books. In the latest report back from our panel of reader reviewers, R042 and...

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Rachel Rooney wins CLPE Poetry award – read her poem

A collection of poems for children by a poet who 'relishes and shares the craft of poetry' wins the CLPE awardRead Rachel Rooney's top poetry writing tipsA debut poetry collection for children, filled...

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Top poetry writing tips: Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney, winner of the CLPE Poetry award 2012 with The Language of Cat, shares the five things she wishes she'd known about poetry before she started writing itRachel Rooney wins CLPE Poetry...

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Richard Price poem to represent Team GB in Cultural Olympiad project

Little-known poem Hedge Sparrows will fly the flag for Great Britain as part of Scottish Poetry Library's Written World projectA "snapshot" of Britain is given in Richard Price's poem Hedge Sparrows,...

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