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Poem of the week: Low Tide at St Andrews by Emily Pauline Johnson

The half-English, half-First Nation Canadian translated the Romantic tradition into a beguilingly low key in this reflection on a coastal scene Low Tide at St Andrews(New Brunswick) The long red flats...

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Translation Tuesday: Two poems by Yoo An-Jin

Acclaimed South Korean poet Yoo An-Jin reflects on loneliness and aging By Yoo An-Jin, Brother Anthony of Taizé and Yu Chang-Gong for Translation Tuesdays by Asymptote, part of the Guardian Books...

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Hollie McNish's 'funny and serious' poetry wins Ted Hughes prize

YouTube star’s collection Nobody Told Me, a verse memoir from ‘the frontline of motherhood’, secures prestigious £5,000 honour A “funny and serious, humane and consciousness-raising” poetry collection...

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Spy report that criticised Marlowe for 'gay Christ' claim is revealed online

British Library releases ‘Baines note’ in which playwright Christopher Marlowe scandalously suggests Christian communion should be smoked in a pipe A controversial document in which the playwright...

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Clive James: ‘Helen Hunt! Holy smoke, what an artist!’

I long for the days when Jack Nicholson could deliver a speech without flashing his ivory like a leopard set to charge Some tenured academic blockhead in America has written a book proving that poetry...

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A Quiet Passion won’t solve the mystery of Emily Dickinson – but does the...

Salacious rumours surrounding Dickinson’s life have come thick and fast, but does that mean A Quiet Passion writer-director Terence Davies is free to speculate? In 1882 Emily Dickinson was living as a...

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The Saturday poem: Probably

by Hollie McNish, winner of the Poetry Society’s Ted Hughes award for new work I probably won’t die in childbirthI probably won’t be aloneI probably won’t have a ruptured aortaI probably won’t break a...

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet who memorialised Babi Yar, dies aged 84

Poet and dissident who denounced Stalin died ‘surrounded by relatives and close friends’ in Oklahoma, where he taught at the University of Tulsa The acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, whose...

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Drinking too many coffees with the great Russian poet Joseph Brodsky

It was 1974 and tension was high between the Soviets and Americans. The dissident poet Joseph Brodsky and the dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov met in New York and had a lot to talk about I first met the poet...

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko obituary

Rebellious Russian poet and author of Babi Yar, who became a celebrity in the westIn the middle of a novel published in the Soviet Union in 1981, two young people are exchanging opinions about Russian...

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Poem of the week: Tweet Tweet by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze

Two heralds of spring in Jamaica provide melodious inspiration for mature reflection on the meaning of home Tweet Tweet There’s a blackbirdin my mango treeand I think of Marleyand singing songs of...

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Like love, violets gladden the heart

Wenlock Edge Violets have a built-in nostalgia, a belonging to something that is always fleeting and longed for A century and a half ago, when springs were different, the poet John Clare wrote: “All...

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The colour in anything: illustrations by Quentin Blake – in pictures

Away from his Roald Dahl illustrations, Quentin Blake has brought to life everything from James Blake’s music to Michael Rosen’s poetry Continue reading...

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Roy Fisher obituary

English modernist poet whose work was rooted in his home town, BirminghamThe poet Roy Fisher, who has died aged 86, did everything wrong – from a literary-careerist perspective. He rejected the...

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Poet's Pacific paradise: Pablo Neruda’s homes in Chile

As a new film about Pablo Neruda gets a UK release, we visit two of the Pacific-facing homes where the poet found inspiration: Isla Negra and the ‘crazy port’ of Valparaíso ‘If we walk up and down all...

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Word hoards: masterpieces of concrete poetry – in pictures

Poets such as Ian Hamilton Finlay and Augusto de Campos have shaken words out of standard verse structure and rearranged them in striking, enigmatic new forms. Here are some of the teasing, amusing and...

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Portobello Sonnets by Harry Clifton – fluent and humane

Memories mingle with the pace of modern Dublin in a wry, sophisticated study of changePortobello Sonnets opens with a quotation from Patrick Kavanagh: “In the third age, we are content to be ourselves,...

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Poem of the week: Yorkshire Pudding Rules by Ian McMillan

This amusing and buoyant poem from the writer and broadcaster serves as a parodic religious guide on the sacred art of making the best Yorkshire pud Yorkshire Pudding Rules The tin must not gleam. Must...

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Jeff Johnson obituary

My friend Jeff Johnson, who has died aged 75, was described by his fellow artist Anthony Green as “the greatest miniaturist that Britain produced in the 20th century”. Jeff was born into a...

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The Saturday poem: Counting Backwards

by Helen DunmoreUntroubled, the anaesthetistPotters with his cannulaAs the waterfall in the ante-roomGrows steadily louder, All of them are cool with itAnd just keep on workingNo wonder they wear...

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