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Patricia Lockwood: ‘I’m a show-off, a clown’

The poet and author, best known for her long poem Rape Joke, talks about her extraordinary memoir, Priestdaddy, and growing up in the midwest If you had no idea who Patricia Lockwood was and...

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Ona Gritz: 'I had spent more than enough time hiding and pretending'

For years, the poet and author tried to keep her cerebral palsy secret, until motherhood and a new love taught her to make peace with her body and share her experience There are ways to cover for the...

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Making a mess of the iambic pentameter | Letters

A reader’s suggestion that ‘The mess we inherited from Labour’ is an iambic pentameter draws howls of protestHarold Mozley (Letters, 29 April) is wrong. “The mess we inherited from Labour” is an iambic...

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Poem of the week: Signals from the Simple Life by Lorna Goodison

In short, striking lines, the poet focuses on key moments when individuals are most intimately attuned to their community Signals from the Simple Life A red clothtight aroundher browand he knowsshe is...

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'I was dehumanised': Lemn Sissay on hearing his harrowing abuse report live...

In a blistering one-off show, poet Lemn Sissay heard – for the first time – the record of his suffering as a child in care. He explains why the theatre was the safest place to relive his beatings and...

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Daljit Nagra: ‘I love playing rock albums to get my heartbeat racing’

The poet on why he writes on the go, the importance of rock music to the creative process and why he likes nothing more than ‘a few tiffs’ with a poemNo desk, or office as such, I tend to write my...

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Clive James: ‘I have put aside Shakespeare, to remind myself that others can...

The best artists are a bit like children and the best critics are a bit like artists Matthew Arnold once called them “the barren, optimistic sophistries”: the bright new beliefs that were going to...

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The Inky Digit of Defiance review – Tony Harrison turns 80

The arts are never far from politics in this collection of Harrison’s prose from the past half-century, edited by Edith Hall Thirty years ago in Greece a friend drove the poet and dramatist Tony...

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The Saturday poem: There are no boring people in this world

by Yevgeny Yevtushenko 1932-2017, translated by Boris DralyukThere are no boring people in this world.Each fate is like the history of a planet.And no two planets are alike at all.Each is distinct –...

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Kate Tempest review – a fleeting, thrilling whirlwind of emotion

Brighton DomeThe poet/rapper/pop star packs a powerful musical punch as the indefinable chronicler of the age Two years ago, Kate Tempest topped the bill at The Great Escape, Brighton’s jamboree of new...

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Poem of the week: WCW by Lachlan Mackinnon

A tribute to a master of modernist poetry, this is also an unusually approachable poem in praise of ordinary human endurance WCW Saxifrage, said William Carlos Williams, was his flowerbecause it split...

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Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong review – violence, delicacy and...

The poet’s debut reveals a master of juxtaposition willing to tell difficult stories with courageOcean Vuong was born on a rice farm outside Saigon, in 1988, and spent a year in a refugee camp in the...

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Tony Harrison at 80 - books podcast

Vanessa Redgrave, Blake Morrison and Melvyn Bragg are among the stars of page and stage who celebrate one of the UK’s most versatile – and angry – poets In this week’s podcast we join a star-studded...

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Dylan Thomas prize goes to Australian 'genius' Fiona McFarlane

Short story collection The High Places, which skips continents, eras and genre, takes £30,000 award Fiona McFarlane has won the £30,000 International Dylan Thomas prize for her “deliciously unsettling”...

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The Saturday poem: Concerning loss and theft

by Henry NormalI’ve lost something valuable or had it stolenSo I’m forced to retrace my mundane actionsthese tiny harbingers whose whispersnow mock with megaphones The margin of errorI’ve recently...

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Poem of the week: Sin Visits Me by Malika Booker

Ghost story and erotic dream swim together in this joyous, defiant assertion of free spirit Sin Visits Me They say a dead woman can’t run from her coffin.How moonshine can orchestrate nuff wild...

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Silage by Bethany W Pope review – poetry as salvation

This harrowing collection drawn from a youth spent in an orphanage delights in language as a place of private escapeIn modern poetry, let’s face it, not a lot happens, unless you are writing a novel in...

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British Museum by Daljit Nagra review – a questing, questioning third volume

The poet breaks new, more political ground in a significant departure of styleWhen Daljit Nagra’s mischievous and distinctive first book of poems won the Forward debut prize 10 years ago, it prompted a...

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Jeremy Mulford obituary

My friend Jeremy Mulford, who has died aged 79, was a poet, publisher and editor who founded Falling Wall Press in the early 1970s as a way of disseminating radical pamphlets on education and the...

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Poem of the week: Wedding by Alice Oswald

Skilfully moving through changing similes, this outstanding modern sonnet pays tribute to the balancing act of love Wedding From time to time our love is like a sailand when the sail begins to...

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