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‘Keats is dead...’: How young women are changing the rules of poetry

A new generation of female writers has attracted millions of online followers and an increasingly diverse audienceCharly Cox is explaining why she thinks her poetry is so popular with young women....

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Poem of the week: From A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love by Lady Mary Wroth

A female contemporary of Shakespeare, Wroth’s artistry was constrained by convention but she shows great invention writing around it From A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love 1. Continue reading...

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Delays singer Greg Gilbert: 'I was taking peppermint pills but I had bowel...

When the psych-poppers’ frontman was told he was dying, it sparked an explosion of poetry and painting. As his work goes on show beside Leonardo da Vinci’s, he relives an artistic salvation Greg...

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Dylan Thomas prize: teacher and nurse among 'starburst' of young talent

Sally Rooney, Sarah Perry and Michael Donkor among those longlisted for £30,000 prize for books by writers aged 39 or under From the critically acclaimed debut of Emma Glass, a 31-year-old still...

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The Built Moment by Lavinia Greenaw review – coming to terms with grief

This collection focuses on a father’s slide into dementia, and the daughter’s acceptance of time passingTime – what it is, how it shifts, what happens when we lose our grip on it – is at the heart of...

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Poem of the month: Sweet Shop by Amit Chaudhuri

The whole universe is here.Every colour, a fewon the verge of being barely tolerable.Every shape as well as minute flourishescreated in the prehistoryof each sandesh by precise pinches.The horizontal...

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Poem of the week: Sono by Suji Kwock Kim

The journey from gestation to childbirth unfolds as a giddy, fantastic voyage Sono Out of albumen and blood, out of amniotic brine,placental sea-swell, trough, salt-spume and foam, Continue reading...

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Tom Leonard obituary

Scottish poet and author best known for writing in Glasgow dialectIn 1985 the poet Tom Leonard, who has died aged 74, won the Saltire prize for Scottish Book of the Year with Intimate Voices, a...

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'It destroyed me, in a good way': the best books about modern romance

Adulterous, drug-addled, digitised … the many shades of romance are celebrated by author Emma Jane Unsworth The first time I read Carol Ann Duffy’s collection Rapture, I finished it, took a breath, and...

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Poem of the week: The Colour of Stones by Syl Cheney-Coker

Complex currents of history and geology run through this warm tribute to Sierra Leone The Colour of Stones I Continue reading...

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Peter Meilleur obituary

My friend the poet Peter Meilleur, whose nom de plume was Childe Roland, has died aged 75. He was an experimental poet with an intensely lyrical voice, whose reputation rests on his visual and sound...

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James K Baxter: venerated poet's letters about marital rape rock New Zealand

Collection of writings just released includes references to rape of then-wife Jackie Sturm, herself an acclaimed poet and author A new collection of letters from one of New Zealand’s most significant...

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Mary Oliver obituary

Poet with a great affinity for the natural worldMary Oliver, who has died aged 83, was perhaps the most popular American poet of the past few decades. The winner of a Pulitzer prize in 1984, she was...

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Generation next: the rise – and rise – of the new poets

With soaring sales and a younger, broader audience, poetry is on a high. What is behind the boom? Plus the fresh voices to read now Somewhere towards the end of last year, I stood up in front of 400 or...

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Poem of the week: ‘As you set out …’ by Elsa Fischer

A restrained elegy for a friend, this is also a discreet reflection on how to live well in old age ‘As you set out …’in memory of Ursula S Within a week your sons emptiedyour apartment, removed the...

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Carnegie medal longlist highlights trend for gritty children's books

Twenty books in contention for this year’s £5,000 award encompass stories of bereavement, isolation and marginalisation From a girl’s exploration of her Taiwanese heritage following her mother’s...

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What happens when you put cowboys in a room to talk politics?

At the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada, friends and performers with wide-ranging views met to discuss climate change, immigration and other concerns ‘without demonizing each other’ Several...

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The Carrying by Ada Limón review – from the heart, unvarnished

US poet Ada Limón writes with simple and disarming honesty – for people rather than other poetsI had never read Ada Limón when I dipped into Bright Dead Thingsand The Carrying (published simultaneously...

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I always felt I wasn't clever enough for poetry. But this was like making a...

I don’t know anything about painters or photographers or theatre. Here’s how I fell in love with poetry Like most great love stories in 2019, it began with a picture on Instagram. One idle Saturday I...

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In a lyrical fashion: model Wilson Oryema on writing poetry for this season

A favourite of labels from Stella McCartney to Grace Wales Bonner, the 25-year-old filmmaker, poet and environmental campaigner reflects on the change of the season Read more from the spring/summer...

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