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What Long Miles by Kona Macphee – review

The agile, far-reaching poems of Kona Mcphee are absorbed with the limits of human and natural endurance There is a line in Kona Macphee's poem "George Pirie's hands" in which the under-used word...

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Amir Abbas Haidari obituary

My father, Amir Abbas Haidari, who has died aged 91, was a poet, writer and lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London. With his great friend and colleague Ann Lambton, he...

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Poem of the week: In a Garden by Amy Lowell

Despite using the precise details and sharp focus of imagism, this is nonetheless a rhapsodic love lyric This week's poem comes from Amy Lowell's second collection, Sword Blades and Poppy Seed (1914)....

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Platinum Metres: the artwork being sent into space – audio slideshow

Joshua WF Thomson introduces his audio-visual project, Platinum Metres, which will be sent into space onboard a nano-satellite on 5 August, transmitting a poem that will show how positive life is on...

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The Divine Comedy by Dante, translated by Clive James – review

Clive James's translation of Dante is an impressive feat Poets can't help themselves from translating Dante, even if they are only going to do small chunks, as Byron did, having a stab at Francesca of...

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Poem of the week: Actaeon by George Szirtes

A version of the Greek myth, refocused through the eyes of an ageing 21st-century man, retells the story suggestively slant From Victorian times at least, women writers have been retelling classical...

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Let's seek inspiration from Dorothy Parker – and revive the salon | Christina...

When members of the Algonquin Round Table had soirees they didn't have 'outcomes' in mind. They wanted an argument On Thursday night I hosted a salon. If that sounds a bit pretentious, I'm afraid it...

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Hannah Lowe's top poetry writing tips

Forward prize-shortlisted poet Hannah Lowe, who will be judging this year's Foyle Young Poets of the Year competition, offers her top tips to young poetry writers 1. Read! Read lots of different...

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Poetry Lines at London's Southbank Centre – audio slideshow

London's South Bank is filled with poetry representing each of London's 33 boroughs this summer. Imtiaz Dharker and Cheryl Moskowitz read poems inspired by the City of London and Wandsworth David...

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Mind by Michael Rosen

The former children's laureate responds in verse to the fresh prince I don't mind waitingI do mind being told I'm waitingI don't mind good newsI do mind being told which news is goodI don't mind being...

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The poet laureate's on holiday – can you write a poem fit for a prince?

In the absence of an official poem from Carol Ann Duffy, please mark the new royal arrival with a poem of your own Cheering crowds, waving flags, commemorative crockery– all that's missing to mark the...

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Summer voyages: In Pursuit of Spring by Edward Thomas

Written just before the first world war, this vivid account of a journey through the English countryside is a vivid and poignant portrait of a vanished age In Pursuit of Spring is the classic literary...

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Rape Joke: what is Patricia Lockwood's poem really saying?

The US poet's verse, which has gone viral, is an oblique mini-masterpiece. But is it an attack on rape jokes – or about something entirely different? Wow. Patricia Lockwood is damn clever. With her...

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The Professor of Poetry by Grace McCleen – review

Grace McCleen's second novel is a deft campus romance between an aloof poetry professor and her one-time mentor Professor Elizabeth Stone, the heroine of Grace McCleen's incandescent second novel, is...

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What Long Miles by Kona Macphee – review

The agile, far-reaching poems of Kona Mcphee are absorbed with the limits of human and natural endurance There is a line in Kona Macphee's poem "George Pirie's hands" in which the under-used word...

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Amir Abbas Haidari obituary

My father, Amir Abbas Haidari, who has died aged 91, was a poet, writer and lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London. With his great friend and colleague Ann Lambton, he...

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Poem of the week: In a Garden by Amy Lowell

Despite using the precise details and sharp focus of imagism, this is nonetheless a rhapsodic love lyric This week's poem comes from Amy Lowell's second collection, Sword Blades and Poppy Seed (1914)....

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Platinum Metres: the artwork being sent into space – audio slideshow

Joshua WF Thomson introduces his audio-visual project, Platinum Metres, which will be sent into space onboard a nano-satellite on 5 August, transmitting a poem that will show how positive life is on...

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Hitting the Streets by Raymond Queneau – review

Queneau's Oulipian love letter to Paris proves to be great fun – and a real headache for translators You have to love an Oulipian. These were, or are, the writers who, as Queneau himself put it, are...

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Breaking Bad's new teaser trailer: why is Walter White reading Percy Shelley?...

Two weeks ahead of the final run of episodes, AMC teases us all with an ad in which teacher-turned-kingpin reads romantic poetry As far as I can see, everyone watches Breaking Bad. Me, my mum and dad,...

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