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Cracking the whip on a cruel horse racing practice | Brief letters

Horse racing | Brains and computers | Marmalade treats | Misheard hymn | Poetry headquarters | Boris’s withdrawal agreementFinally a piece of good news from horse racing (Whips to be banned in £1.8m...

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A Tartt snack better than jam and cream | Brief letters

Cream cheese and marmalade | Miriam Margolyes | Proportional representation | Poetry HQ | World Book DayI tried David and Bryony Graham’s marmite and marmalade (Letters, 21 February), but it was not...

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Transphobia row leaves Scottish poetry scene in turmoil

After the Scottish Poetry Library aired concerns over ‘escalating disharmony’, campaigners have questioned its respect for trans writers A bitter conflict is escalating in the Scottish literary scene...

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Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke obituary

My friend Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, who has died aged 80, was a poet whose work was widely admired not only in her homeland of Greece but across Europe and the US. She was also a translator of many...

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Ernesto Cardenal obituary

Poet and priest who mixed religion and politics in his commitment to social justice in NicaraguaIn 1983 ministers of the revolutionary Sandinista government lined up on the tarmac to welcome Pope John...

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Bard labour: boost workplace productivity 'by reading a poem'

Poetry world thrilled at news the New York Times’ morning meeting begins with Wordsworth or Simic Those seeking to have more productive morning meetings are often advised to hold them standing up, keep...

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Poem of the month: Nightingale by Deryn Rees-Jones

Dear bird of the early hours, little sharp-beaked,brown bird, throat open, wise bird, jazz riff, cello start,sad techno, harder heart, self broken / broken part, halfnoun, verb start, bird...

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The best recent poetry – review roundup

Zonal by Don Paterson; The Martian’s Regress by JO Morgan; Come Down by Fiona Sampson; and Loss by David Harsent Fans of Don Paterson’s lyric poetry will find his latest volume, Zonal (Faber, £14.99),...

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Magnetic fields: Simon Armitage on the pull of Marsden

The poet laureate rarely read as a child – it was the view from his house at the edge of the moors that shaped his poetic vision Marsden is the last village in the Colne Valley as it climbs westward...

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Laurie Morgan obituary

Influential British jazz experimenter of the 1940s and 50s Laurie Morgan, who has died aged 93, was an influential member of the coterie of British jazz experimenters of the 1940s and 50s that most...

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Poem of the week: The Idler by Alice Dunbar Nelson

This study of a man who stands back from worldly haste and ambition gives the busy reader pause The Idler An idle lingerer on the wayside’s road,He gathers up his work and yawns away;A little longer,...

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Bard idea? The rise of workplace poetry | Letters

Readers respond to the news that the New York Times’ morning meetings now include poems, and praise a tree-planting group that has helped to inspire a poetI’ve actually bought, read and enjoyed several...

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Poet’s corners: a car-free tour of inspiring Wordsworth sites

To celebrate 250 years since his birth, we take 10 train and bus trips to houses, gardens, lakes – vales and hills, too – that were important to this early environmentalist William Wordsworth was born...

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Titian: Love, Desire, Death review – whims of the gods made flesh

National Gallery, LondonThe artist’s epic series of paintings drawn from the poet Ovid hang together for the first time in three centuries, and tell a tale of sex, power and subversion The women are...

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The Turkish poet imprisoned for 26 years for a crime he did not commit

Memories of freedom, love and companionship fill the poems of İlhan Çomak, who was arrested at the age of 22 The good news is that last year the Turkish poet İlhan Çomak won a major award, the Sennur...

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Lawrence Upton obituary

My friend Lawrence Upton, who has died aged 70, was a leading figure in the British poetry revival of the 1960s and 70s, as a poet, publisher, sound artist, graphic artist and performer. In the 70s he...

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One year after Christchurch we seek solace in community and being...

In many ways, life has not changed for many of my Muslim friends and me because the world has not changed. However, hope exists A body on the floor of a place of worship is still a bodyThe fall, and...

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Unique Pablo Neruda archive – and slice of history – up for auction

Chilean poet’s letters, photos, rare books, postcards and artefacts represent ‘a huge part of the 20th century’ A little over two years into the Spanish civil war, one of Spain’s greatest poets wrote...

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Making a note of a treasonable offence | Brief letters

The Divan of Hafez | The Queen | Max von Sydow | Marmalade | Defining a gentlemanIt was with great interest that I read about the recovery of a copy of the Divan of Hafez (Report, 11 March). My...

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On my radar: Winsome Pinnock’s cultural highlights

The British playwright on the power of Ballet Black, the soulful sound of Ayanna Witter-Johnson and an unmissable vegan cafeWinsome Pinnock is an award‑winning British playwright. Born in Islington in...

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