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Letter: Roy Fisher obituary

Roy Fisher was one of those rare individuals who combined a distinctive academic career with a major contribution to modern British poetry. He was also a formidable jazz pianist. When he came to the...

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Alice Oswald takes £37,000 Griffin prize with 'breathtaking' poetry

Falling Awake, already a much acclaimed collection, was cheered by 1,000-strong crowd at readings connected with the Canadian award Alice Oswald has won one of the world’s richest poetry prizes with...

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Campaign – a poem by Carol Ann Duffy exclusively for the Guardian

Britain’s poet laureate responds to the general election result in a work written for the Guardian In which her body was a question-mark querying her lies; her mouth a ballot-box that bit the hand that...

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The Saturday poem: Coats

by Amaan Hyder My parents in a playground, playing Follow The Leader. I take my father aside. He says, “My father says …” I take my mother aside. She says, “My father says …” Continue reading...

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Tony Walsh performs his election poem Net Worked – video

The poet Tony Walsh, also known as Longfella, performs his poem Net Worked about the young people who voted in the 2017 General Election on Friday. Tony Walsh is the poet who helped Manchester cope...

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Helen Dunmore appreciation: ‘To be with her was to laugh with joy’

Novelist and journalist Amanda Craig remembers a warm friend… and literary inspirationLike many readers, I “met” and loved Helen, who died aged 64 of cancer last week, through her writing. Her...

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Michael Longley heads shortlist for Forward prizes for poetry

The Belfast poet is nominated for the prestigious honour alongside a diverse selection of writers including Tara Bergin, Nick Makoha and Malika Booker A former banker who burned his suits to keep...

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Poem of the week: Cob by Fiona Sampson

These flowing, musical verses evoke both a deep past and a very modern sense of spirituality Cob The way we used to livein the old house a housewhose thick walls curved like the livingflanks of beasts...

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Yoko Ono could get songwriting credit for Imagine – 46 years late

The process to credit Ono on John Lennon’s 1971 hit has begun, decades after he acknowledged her poetic influence on it Yoko Ono is being lined up for a songwriting credit on her husband John Lennon’s...

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Hollie McNish: the politics and poetry of boyfriends, babies and breastfeeding

The Ted Hughes prize winner explains why she does not wish to be squeezed into a ‘performance poet’ box and why you can love hip-hop and Paradise Lost Hollie McNish has stopped talking for a moment;...

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Clive James: ‘My wife is visiting the warmer bits of Europe before the whole...

I am jealous of her mobility, but determined to profit from being left alone with my books As I sit down to write, enormous events are happening outside my hideaway here in Cambridge. In Manchester and...

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Angel Hill by Michael Longley review – elegies on conflict, grief and nature

The essence of humanity is captured by one of the finest poets of his generation through the Troubles, the first world war and the beauty of wilderness Angel Hill, or Cnoc nan Aingeal in Gaelic, is a...

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'Life is like a ball of wool': how Iranian poetry brought me closer to my father

When I invited my father Bahram to read Persian verse over my music, neither of us were prepared for such an emotional reaction A couple of years ago I decided to collaborate with a poet on a piece of...

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On my radar: Daljit Nagra’s cultural highlights

The poet on a great children’s TV drama, the magic of Vindolanda and the health benefits of the NutriBullet Brought up in west London and Sheffield, Daljit Nagra gained an MA in English literature from...

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Don’t think twice, it’s only Bob borrowing | Brief letters

Hollie McNish | Helmut Kohl | Guardian letters | Bob Dylan’s Nobel speech In Alice O’Keefe’s profile of the poet Hollie McNish (‘I always attracted mums and midwives. Now I get poetry lovers,’ 17...

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Poem of the week: But Those Unheard by Miles Burrows

In this week’s choice, academic and critical discourse – and indeed poetry itself – come in for some elegant ribbing But Those Unheard The next poem we can’t actually see.In fact it may not be there at...

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Diamanda Galás review – a shriek at death by goth's high priestess

Barbican, LondonThe American singer stretches her voice from mirror-shattering highs to demonic lows in an intense spiritual communion In 1990, Diamanda Galás appeared on stage in the world’s...

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Derek Walcott museum closes amid row over Caribbean tourist developments

St Lucia National Trust says government funding cut forced closure of museum, housed in reconstruction of Nobel-winning poet’s former home A museum on the site of the boyhood home of the poet and...

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Fair Field: Piers Plowman's dreamworld - books podcast

In episode one of a three-part series, the medieval ‘poem of crisis’ reveals a world of inequality, corruption and spiritual malaise that is all too familiar Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud,...

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Fair Field: Piers Plowman's world of work - books podcast

In the second of three original podcasts, William Langland’s 14th-century poem is brought into focus against a contemporary backdrop of precarious labour Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud,...

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