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Red Doc> by Anne Carson – review

Anne Carson's take on a story first told 3,000 years ago is astonishing, writes Sarah Crown Red Doc>, the latest verse-novel from Anne Carson's MacArthur genius grant-endorsed pen, trails so many...

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The Saturday poem: GPS

by Frances Leviston Like a wet dream this snow-globe was a giftto myself. It rides shotgun in the passenger seat or stuck to the dashboard, swirling and swirlingacross the carpet of potholes to my...

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Kate Tempest: 'I like to play where the stakes are high'

The poet on her Ted Hughes award – and performing inside Holloway prison Kate Tempest has spent most of the afternoon sitting near the bar at London's Southbank Centre, nursing a glass of water and...

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Poem of the week: The Faerie Queene, Canto XI, Book One, by Edmund Spenser

A fearsome closeup of the dragon facing down the Redcrosse knight makes full use of Spenser's nine-line stanza form This week we're looking at stanzas X-XV from Canto XI, Book One, of Edmund Spenser's...

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Education in brief: DfE spends £1.1m on free school's temporary site

More than £1.1m is to be spent refurbishing an office block that will house a free school for two years; GCSE English literature changes may be a barrier for less able pupils; DfE ignores 98% vote...

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Liz Lochhead, poet – portrait of the artist

'The Birmingham Post said they'd rather go to the dentist than sit through my first play again. I actually agreed with them' When did you start writing poetry? At art school in the late 1960s. When I...

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How I did in my GCSEs: familiar faces recall results day

The name of the exams may have changed over the years but the emotion of getting (or not getting) one's grades has not Stephen Twigg, shadow education secretary I am old enough to have been at school...

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Guardian first book award 2013 longlist combines sex and psychoanalysis

Stephen Grosz's The Examined Life goes up against a Facebook thriller and Sex and the Citadel, a study of intimacy in the Arab world, on a varied list of nominees• Gallery: the nominees in pictures...

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Guardian first book award: the longlist – in pictures

From Felix Martin's study of the financial system to Stephen Emmott's manifesto against the dangers of overpopulation, via a stingingly witty comedy from Gill Hornby, here are the 11 contenders for...

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Coleshill by Fiona Sampson – review

What appears to be a rural idyll quickly becomes a poetic landscape shot through with a sense of menace Coleshill is an ancient settlement on the Wiltshire-Oxfordshire border, of which William Cobbett...

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Linton Kwesi Johnson by Nicola Jennings

Poet Nicola Jennings

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The Saturday Poem: The Birds of the Air

by Jean Sprackland I'm vague about their names – laziness, yes, but also a wishto keep them free. Isn't it enoughto foul their brooks and fieldsand flay the high trees with our floodlights without...

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Imagining Alexandria: Poems in Memory of CP Cavafy by Louis de Bernières –...

The bestselling novelist's first verse collection is fuelled by rum enthusiasm and a debt to his favourite poet Louis de Bernières has always said he was a poet before – and after – being a novelist....

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Poem of the week: Kite-Flyers of Cengkareng by Iain Bamforth

A description of boys flying homemade kites against the Jakarta dusk juxtaposes the past and future of globalised Asia This week's poem, Kite-Flyers of Cengkareng by Iain Bamforth, uses an almost...

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The transfer window – in poetry

There was a young player called BaleWho was part of a long transfer taleOur readers got boredAnd sent poems by the hoardSo here is the best of their mail Transfer window limericks from our esteemed...

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Lise Sinclair obituary

My friend Lise Sinclair, who has died of cancer aged 42, was an entrancing poet and musician. Born in Shetland, she grew up in her mother's native Fair Isle, northern Scotland, where she returned to...

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An interview with Leonard Cohen: From the archive, 29 August 1970

The Canadian artist talks about his music and poetry just before an appearance at the Isle of Wight festival His last LP was "Songs from a Room"; and that is where they mostly seem to belong, with...

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Seamus Heaney dies aged 74

Nobel prize-winning Northern Irish poet died this morning in a Dublin hospital after a short illness Seamus Heaney, Ireland's first Nobel prize-winning poet since WB Yeats, has died aged 74 in...

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Seamus Heaney – a life in pictures

The death of the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney at the age of 74 marks the end of a career which began with his collection Death of a Naturalist in 1966. Here we celebrate his life with a selection of...

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Seamus Heaney reads his poems on video – which is your favourite?

Ireland's Nobel laureate, the poet Seamus Heaney, has died after a short illness. Here we round up some videos of him reading his poems. Which is your favourite?

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