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Everything I know I learned from Bob Dylan | Elizabeth Wurtzel

Who cares about the Nobel prize? Dylan made it cool to be Jewish, hot to be American and transformed literature. His masterpiece is himself B efore Bob Dylan came along, there were famous poets –...

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Translation Tuesday: Poems written during the Siege of Leningrad

Three Russian poets shine words into the blackness of 1942 when a million people died under siege by the Nazis, in this extract from a new anthology Written in the Dark By Gennady Gor, Vladimir...

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Gun with which Verlaine shot Rimbaud up for auction

Christie’s to sell weapon fired in 1873 in what would be the culmination of a torrid affair between the French poets The most famous gun in French literature, the revolver with which the poet Paul...

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Forward prize winner Vahni Capildeo shortlisted for TS Eliot poetry award

The Trinidadian writer joins Alice Oswald, Ian Duhig and Denise Riley among the final 10 vying for the UK’s richest poetry prize After landing the £15,000 Forward prize for best collection in...

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Irish poet who wrote about rape ordeal hits back at online trolls

Alvy Carragher posts YouTube video that uses words of her abuser to highlight persistent trolling of female writers An Irish poet has debuted a poem on YouTube that hits back at people who abused her...

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Big cheers for small publishers

The independent publisher Oneworld has won two Man Bookers in a row … and there are small presses in the running for the Baillie Gifford and TS Eliot prizesPaul Beatty’s Man Booker prize success this...

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Precious Italian manuscripts moved to avoid earthquake damage

Works by the poet Giacomo Leopardi will be moved to Bologna from Visso over fears for their safety after recent earthquakes The 19th-century manuscripts of one of Italy’s greatest poets and intellects,...

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The Saturday Poem: Turning

by Rebecca Watts Now it’s autumnand another year in which I could leave youis a slowly sinking ship. The air has developed edgesand I am preparing to let myself liein a curtained apartment, Continue...

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Anne Carson: ‘I do not believe in art as therapy’

The poet and classics professor talks about her new collection, Float, her love of volcanoes and the power of brevityAnne Carson’s The Beauty of the Husband, published in 2001, made her name; she...

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Poem of the week: Ellipsis by Deryn Rees-Jones

Babies and lost books feature in a poem that provocatively elides thought and sensation Ellipsis And there I found myself, more truly and more strange.Wallace Stevens Related: Poem of the week: Pantoum...

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Translation Tuesday: Two Poems by Philippe Beck

Complex and haunting, here are two poems by French poet Philippe Beck, who won the French Academy’s Grand Prix de Poésie in 2015 By Philippe Beck and Nicola Marae Allain for Translation Tuesdays by...

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Wole Soyinka says he will tear up his green card if Trump wins

The Nigerian Nobel-winning author, now living in the US, tells Oxford students that it is up to young people to stand against ‘ultranationalism’ – in a speech that also took aim at Brexit and Bob Dylan...

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Refreshing breaks: how fragmented stories can be fulfilling reading

Anne Carson’s new poems make extensive use of broken snatches of writing, a modernist technique that presents readers with difficult – but liberating – challenges “Reading can be freefall,” runs the...

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Anne Frank poem, handwritten for a friend, goes on sale

Written in the friendship book of Jacqueline van Maarsen, Frank’s work is an exhortation to virtuous living written shortly before Anne and her family went into hiding A short poem by Anne Frank...

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Beyond Bob Dylan: authors, poets and musicians pick their favourite songwriter

Dylan’s Nobel prize win sparked a debate about lyrics as literature. Here, Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy, Johnny Marr, Naomi Alderman and others nominate songwriters whose verse has the power of...

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The Saturday poem: Adventure Flight

by Lemn Sissay Third planet from the sun, this spinning earth.Thousands of football cups but only one is first.Here comes the light to break the pitch: the new day.Crowds wake! Clouds break! The...

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Poem of the week: Psalm 52 by Mary Sidney Herbert

One of a set of justly celebrated and influential translations from the Bible, this works with vigour, invention and and anger as an original poem in its own right Psalm 52 Tyrant, why swell’st thou...

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The Map and the Clock review – a delicious mix of ancient poetry and...

This out-of-the-ordinary anthology curated by Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke is playful, enigmatic and heart-rending Every now and then, a book comes along that insists on shouldering individual...

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Translation Tuesday: Five Poems by Benito del Pliego

Spanish poet Benito del Pliego places puns beside paradoxes, vivid imagery and insights in these five, brief poems from his latest collection By Benito del Pliego and Sam Carter for Translation...

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Words for solace and strength: poems to counter the election fallout – and...

What poets can help us get through a Trump administration? Here are five that serve as signals that good exists, and that someone is awake and listening Audre Lorde once wrote that “poetry is not a...

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