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Kate Tempest announces they are non-binary, changes name to Kae

Performance poet, writer and musician said they had previously ‘tried to be what I thought others wanted me to be so as not to risk rejection’ The musician and poet formerly named Kate Tempest has...

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The Guardian view on poetry in schools: don't let it go | Editorial

Finding meaning in verse can be a challenge for teenagers. But it is also a joy, and letting them drop it is the wrong move “Had we but world enough, and time…” The opening line of Andrew Marvell’s To...

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'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage among poets to blast GCSE decision

Poet laureate joins Michael Rosen and Imtiaz Dharker to criticise Ofqual announcement that poetry will be optional next year Poet laureate Simon Armitage and former children’s laureate Michael Rosen...

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Poem of the month: How to Do Absolutely Nothing by Barbara Kingsolver

The best recent poetry – review roundup Rent a house near the beach, or a cabinbut: Do not take your walking shoes.Don’t take any clothes you’d wearanyplace anyone would see you.Don’t take your...

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The best recent poetry – review roundup

My Darling from the Lions by Rachel Long; Moving House by Theophilus Kwek; Road Trip by Marvin Thompson;After Fame by Sam Riviere Poem of the month: How to Do Absolutely Nothing by Barbara Kingsolver...

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Poetry saved me. Don’t deny it to next generation, pleads award-winner

Rhythm, humour and politics of verse give young people a voice, says poet. Making it optional at GCSE is a mistake I was a bit of a troublemaker in secondary school. I got sent to “time out” for...

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Cummings’ phone and lockdown row | Brief letters

Dominic Cummings | Singular verb | Shared dream | Typical reader | Early starter | Speed learning | Portillo’s pants Given the repeated denials by Dominic Cummings and the PM’s assurances over the...

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Derry theatre remembers lives lost to the Troubles and Covid-19

A socially distanced audience will sit among objects recalling Northern Ireland’s prolonged conflict and the pandemic in a piece about mourning In a verse dedicated to his aunt, the Irish poet Seamus...

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Poem of the week: The Ancestors by Jackie Wills

Cheerful and anarchic, the forebears here are still intriguing and mysterious The Ancestors are having a summit –they chase around the gardendisturbing hens. Continue reading...

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A walk on the Wilde side – archive, 13 August 1983

13 August 1983: John Gray began to be displeased with being identified with the fictional Dorian when scandal began to surround Oscar Wilde The strange case of a buddy of Oscar Wilde who was out of the...

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Padded comfort and poetical correctness | Brief letters

Covid blame game | Cicero | Camp beds | Rosen welcome | Oldham Larry Elliott rightly states: “Boris Johnson and his ministers cannot be blamed for the arrival of a pandemic” (UK economy: a full...

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Greed, cruelty, consumption: the world is changed yet its worst persists |...

I have no great hope we will use this chance to transform for the better – but this is an unconvincing darkness, and we do not have to stay in it This is part of a series of essays by Australian...

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Andrew Marvell 'died of overdose after spurning Catholic malaria cure'

Academic finds evidence that Puritan poet took opiate-based remedy that instead caused him a lethal seizure He famously begged his mistress not to be “coy”, warning her: “The grave’s a fine and private...

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Jennifer Breen obituary

My friend Jennifer Breen, who has died aged 83, spent much of her professional life contributing to the women’s movement by designing courses in women’s literature and putting together volumes...

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'Droughts, bushfires, and now Covid': Australia's regional arts communities...

The pandemic has only compounded difficulties facing arts centres and festivals outside the capital cities Wiradjuri artist Michael Lyons used to receive visitors by the hour at his rural New South...

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Poem of the week: Akwaba by Kwame Dawes

A father welcomes his wailing newborn child to the world and as her time begins he vows his love for ever AkwabaFor Sena iBrown snow lines the roadways.The still, grey city whispers Continue reading...

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As You Were by Elaine Feeney review – a poet's darkly comic fiction debut

This tragicomic tale of a thirtysomething mother with a terrible secret serves as a keen-eyed portrait of modern Ireland Elaine Feeney has published three acclaimed collections of poetry before turning...

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Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz review – intimate, electric and defiant

The Mojave and Latinx poet, up for this year’s Forward prize, is on breathtaking form in this intellectually rigorous collection exploring love and identity Natalie Diaz’s second poetry collection – up...

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'You'll have to die to get these texts': Ocean Vuong’s next manuscript to be...

Vietnamese-American author and poet joins Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell and Karl Ove Knausgård to lock away work in Norway to be published in 94 years’ time Ocean Vuong is to become the seventh...

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Maaza Mengiste: 'Knausgård really doesn’t need me as a reader, I can move on'

The Booker nominated author on the influence of Homer, struggling with Moby-Dick and feeling changed by Ama Ata Aidoo The book I am currently readingI read a few books at once, and am working on...

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