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Fiona Shaw to take Ancient Mariner show to New York

The award-winning actor is to revive her epic performance of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's longest poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, for a US premiere Only a few weeks after her solo Broadway play...

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Selected Poems by Sophie Hannah – review

A funny, passionate collection of poetry that delights with its artful rumpty-tumpty-tum I used to be suspicious of those poems that rhyme; I felt a snobbish need to sneer, or spurn, or shirk such...

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Paddy Fraser obituary

In her lifetime, my mother, Paddy Fraser, who has died aged 94, probably met almost every 20th-century poet of significance writing in English. She was born Eileen Lucy Andrew (but was known as Paddy...

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John Cooper Clarke, poet – portrait of the artist

'Johnny Depp owes me – he pinched my whole look in Edward Scissorhands' How did you get into writing poetry? At primary school. I had a great enthusiasm for it, as did everybody in my class. We were...

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Another plagiarism scandal hits poetry community

David R Morgan admits to passing numerous works by other people as his own and says he is 'truly sorry' The poetry community is searching its soul after another case of multiple plagiarism emerged...

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Salt abandons single-author collections amid poetry market slump

Publisher says these books are 'no longer viable' as sales drop by more than a quarter As figures show tumbling sales for poetry, authors including poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy are mourning news that...

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Patti Smith: punk poet queen

She was the angry, androgynous runaway who got chatted up by Allen Ginsberg and had a grand affair with Robert Mapplethorpe. And at 66 Patti Smith shows no sign of mellowing. We spend a gothic...

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Pink Mist by Owen Sheers – review

Owen Sheers's verse drama about three soldiers from Bristol should be studied in schools alongside Wilfred Owen Pink Mist is a tremendous book. It feels huge, engulfing, devastating, although only 87...

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Fanfarlo by Charles Baudelaire – review

Baudelaire's autobiographical novella paints an intriguing picture of himself as a young dandy Written more than 10 years before Les Fleurs du Mal, Fanfarlo is Baudelaire's only work of fictional...

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Poem of the week: Boy Soldier by Fred D'Aguiar

This shocking portrait of a child locked into a brutal cycle of war restrains its language, but its outrage is palpable This week's poem "Boy Soldier" is by Fred D'Aguiar and comes from his new...

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Poetry is not drowning, but swimming into new territory

News of plummeting sales do not, as some fear, indicate a dying art. In fact, the genre is adapting well to a new publishing age On Wednesday evening, a collection of poetry in support of the jailed...

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Canadian visa refusal for Palestinian poet overturned after social media...

Ghassan Zaqtan allowed to attend Griffin poetry prize ceremony following outcry over government's refusal to admit him A social media victory is being claimed on behalf of the leading Palestinian poet...

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CP Cavafy: The Complete Poems – review

The Greek observer of human folly refuses to be entombed by his latest translator's academic thoroughness When Constantine Cavafy died on 29 April 1933, his 70th birthday, his work was little known...

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The Saturday Poem: Ely 1948

by Grey Gowrie A de Havilland Dove ascends from a still-commissionedEast Anglian airfield and shakes its small wings at all the damaged and marooned Lancaster bombers. I watch it flyuntil it is even...

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The nine lives of Felix Dennis: "I've lived an unbelievable life, even if I...

Last year, the multi-millionaire publishing mogul and drug-addled dissolute Felix Dennis was diagnosed with throat cancer. But don't count him out yet, he tells Sean O'Hagan Felix Dennis is laughing...

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Poem of the week: two cinquains by Adelaide Crapsey

The unjustly neglected early modernist developed from haiku her own form, a vessel for pared-down vernacular observation When a loved daughter was christened in Brooklyn Heights in 1878, the name...

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London zoo in poetry: the lovable slender loris - audio slideshow

In the first of a new series of talks by writers about animals at London zoo, Jo Shapcott explains in poetry and prose what is so special about the rare nocturnal mammal Jo Shapcott Iain Chambers

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Carol Ann Duffy's poem The Crown

A new poem for the 60th anniversary of the coronation by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy The crown translates a woman to a Queen –endless gold, circling itself, an O like a well,fathomless, for the...

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Widow's memoir of David Foster Wallace gathers acclaim

Bough Down, artist Karen Green's collection of poems and collages of her grief after her husband's suicide, is being hailed as a classic Artist Karen Green's meditation on grief following the suicide...

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Poster poems: the sun

Whether you think summer is finally here, or whether it's just wishful thinking, it's time for your poems about the sun to shine After what feels like endless months of rain and cold, we've finally...

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