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Jim Causley, Luke Thompson: Clay Hymnal: Poems of Jack Clemo review – finely...

(Westwords Publications) Five months on from Forgotten Kingdom, one of the finest singers in the English folk revival returns with another adventurous album, again inspired by his west country roots....

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Thorn tree tangle of pagans and poets

Langley Bush, Cambridgeshire A bronze age grave, Roman shrine, gibbet mound, parish marker, gypsy haunt - centuries of decisions and deaths right here Odd, the durable significance of some places. You...

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The Saturday poem: The Will

by Bernard O’Donoghue When they discovered that my grandfatherwas going, unexpectedly, to die youngof meningitis, they naturally set aboutensuring that his wife would not inheritthe farm. They...

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Yves Bonnefoy obituary

French poet and essayist who believed in the sacredness of the here and now“I would like to bring together, almost identify, poetry and hope.” So wrote the French poet Yves Bonnefoy, who has died aged...

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Rural life and scenery inspired by John Clare | Letters

Writing evocatively about Langley Bush (Country diary, 29 July), Simon Ingram mentions the shrub planted by the John Clare Society to replace the hawthorn whose ruthless removal had so upset John...

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Poem of the week: You, Lizard-like by Lynne Hjelmgaard

Moving in sudden flickers and flashes, this is a character study as elusive as its governing reptilian image You, Lizard-like expert at loss, loyal to none,slip into unknown spaces, clawsdigging...

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Omar Musa: Dead Centre review – an uneven but vital slice of hip-hop and poetry

Novelist, poet, TedX speaker and now rapper – Musa’s way with words and sentiments deserves to be heard on any forum he chooses There’s not much in the way of hip-hop alumni from Queanbeyan, NSW. Even...

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The Very Quiet Foreign Girls poetry group - podcast

When Kate Clanchy began teaching the children of refugees, she sought out those silenced by trauma and loss. Their weekly sessions released a torrent of untold stories Continue reading...

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The Saturday poem: Hiding in plain sight

by Denise Riley I try to find you, yet you are not here.I’ve studied absence, fought to fill it in – courage comes easier with a grasp of why. A secret’s camouflaged when unconcealed.I chose to not...

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Mark Rylance: how Robert Bly changed my life

Ahead of a new film about Robert Bly, Mark Rylance recalls how the poet helped him to live with loss I was raised in Milwaukee up to 1978, when I was 18. My father was an English teacher, so I must...

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Poem of the week: Ifs by Caroline Norton

A wry, pastoral fantasy aimed at romantic types, this all-but forgotten poem irresistibly recalls one of the most famous. And arguably outdoes it OH! If the winds could whisper what they hear,When...

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Poster poems: fear

From the personal to the global, there is an uneasy abundance of things to be scared of at the moment. Dare you face up to some in verse? Fear is all around us at the moment. Every time you read or...

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PEN/Nabokov award relaunched to promote 'global voices' in US

The $50,000 prize will honour a living international author whose work is ‘of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship’ A new $50,000 (£38,500) literary prize for international authors,...

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The Remedies by Katharine Towers review – a fanciful talking cure

Towers’s beautiful second collection takes flower remedies and imagines how each plant would deal with the malady it was supposed to correctHow often is a poetry collection a collection? It is a rare...

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Poem of the week: Backyard, Hoboken, Summer by Alvin Feinman

This sketch of a drowsy domestic scene is also a complex meditation on the deep structures of perception Backyard, Hoboken, Summer The sun beating on his brainAnd a cat slouching on the woodpileAnd...

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Falling Awake by Alice Oswald review – a dazzling celebration of nature

Music meets myth in Oswald’s dreamlike visions of a West Country landscape The first thing to say about Alice Oswald’s eagerly awaited book is that it does not disappoint. Her characteristic, Ted...

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Lemn Sissay: ‘I would die if I didn’t live in the present’

The poet’s early years of rejection and isolation left him with emotional scars, but it helped shape him as an artist. As his new collection is published, he talks about growing up and finding his...

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Poem of the week: My Mother’s Language by Abdellatif Laâbi

In plain free verse, the dissident Moroccan writer records both the damage done by a repressive regime and his love for his late mother My Mother’s Language It’s been twenty years since I last saw my...

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Peggy Poole obituary

“How we spent a lifetime dying / raised our glasses clowning / lest anyone should mark / that we were lost, crying / in the dark.” These lines from her poem On the Death of Stevie Smith show the solemn...

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'The legacy Langston left us': Harlem artists hope to reclaim Hughes home

Renée Watson and other artists want to turn the historical Langston Hughes house into a not-for-profit collective to preserve Harlem’s cultural legacy All that signifies the legacy of a house once...

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