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WeRNotVirus: plays to highlight Covid-19 racism against Asians

Project including monologues will be shown on Zoom to help expose ‘hidden problem’ in UK Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A series of plays and monologues will highlight...

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The Australian book you've finally got time to read: Sentenced to Life by...

For The Erratics author Vicki Laveau-Harvie, James’s slim but dazzling collection shows that poetry can be the antidote to the numbness many of us feel Walking home recently under grey skies, I stopped...

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Poems to get us through: a musical exchange with God

Lachlan Mackinnon evokes the power of music to strengthen faith, in the last of Carol Ann Duffy’s comforting picks from her poetry bookshelves The poet Lachlan Mackinnon lives in Ely, and is also a...

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If we love our sunburnt country, we should be protecting its heritage – not...

Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country is arguably the best-known poem in Australian history. But mines are threatening the homestead that informed it You may not know where it comes from, but there is one...

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'Things fall apart': the apocalyptic appeal of WB Yeats's The Second Coming

Written 100 years ago, Yeats’s poem has been absorbed into the cultural bloodstream from Chinua Achebe to The Sopranos, Joan Didion to Gordon Gecko. Why is it such a touchstone in times of chaos? In...

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To err is human – even for the greatest poets

For centuries, critics have tried to disguise mistakes in verse as intentional literary licence. An Oxford academic begs to differ Readers of the world’s finest poetry have often skated over...

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Lawyers' poems deal with trials of delivering lockdown justice

Collection published written by and dedicated to those who have kept system going Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage I need to get a bookcase for the background of my Zoom I...

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Poem of the week: Poem by Paul Bailey

A simply spoken meditation on the presence of death throughout a life is told with unpretentious wit Poem My last of days was there to contemplatewhen words absconded from meas long ago as...

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What Is the Grass by Mark Doty review – Walt Whitman and me

From visions of a shadowy spirit to memories of love and loss … a contemporary US poet pays tribute to the persistent presence of Whitman “I celebrate myself, and sing myself”: Walt Whitman lived by...

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Bullet Points by Jericho Brown – poem

The Pulitzer prize winner’s anguished response to the routine threat presented to black men by the US police has been widely shared since George Floyd’s death Jericho Brown: ‘To win justice for George...

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Poem of the month: Cinematic by Peter McDonald

Too late, but not too late for me to hidethese sorry features further in the shade,as huge projected faces loom and slideaway into their screen; I want to gowhere images and ghosts stagger and...

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The best recent poetry – review roundup

Touched by Alan Buckley; Passport to Here and There by Grace Nichols; Tongues of Fire by Seán Hewitt; Later Emperors Evan Jones “I bring you no fireworks”, claims Alan Buckley’s poem “Flame”, musing on...

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Poem of the week: Skipping Without Ropes by Jack Mapanje

One of the Malawian author’s many prison poems, this defiant work builds into a forceful cry of rage Skipping Without Ropes I will, I will skip without your ropeSince you say I should not, I...

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Deborah Lavin obituary

My mother, Deborah Lavin, who has died aged 68 of lung cancer, started out as an actor, moved into teaching English and finished up writing plays, poetry and studying the life of Eleanor Marx, the...

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Police violence, heritage and love: Forward poetry prizes reveal shortlists...

Native American poet Natalie Diaz among contenders for best collection award with Postcolonial Love Poem, alongside Pascale Petit and Caroline Bird A poetic exploration of the wounds the US has...

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Poetry book of the month: The Kabul Olympics by John McAuliffe – review

The Irishman’s fifth collection shows great sensitivity to language and detail and is at its witty best on domestic matters John McAuliffe is Irish but many of the poems in his sympathetic fifth...

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Patti Smith: where to start in her back catalogue

In Listener’s digest, our writers help you explore the work of great musicians. Next up: the hugely influential poet who brought Baudelaire to punk Horses (1975) Related: Patti Smith: ‘Reading Mark...

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Siôn Eirian obituary

My friend and colleague Siôn Eirian, a playwright, scriptwriter and poet, has died aged 66, following a short illness. Siôn was born in Hirwaun, a village in Cynon Valley, South Wales, to James Eirian...

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Michael Rosen returns to Twitter after long battle with coronavirus

Beloved author of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was in intensive care for 47 days, but as his recovery continues he has resumed tweeting Michael Rosen has returned to Twitter, as the former children’s...

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US books world rocked by racism rows

Questions over the response of the Poetry Foundation and the National Book Critics Circle to BLM protests have sparked a wave of resignations The US literary establishment is in turmoil after a wave of...

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