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Correspondences by Anne Michaels – review

Written as an elegy for the writer's father, Correspondences is a beautiful object – concertinaed pages of portraits and poetry containing a precise and bittersweet melancholy There is pleasure to be...

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Poem of the week: An Hymn to Humanity by Phillis Wheatley

A tribute to humanity and artistic self-discovery in a time of slavery from the first published African-American woman This week's poem, "An Hymn to Humanity" by the African-American poet Phillis...

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Sophie Hannah's top 10 pageturners

The bestselling thriller writer picks 10 addictive reads - from crime to poetry, all guaranteed to be unputdownable Last night I finished reading the excellent One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha...

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Writing in the Dark by Richard Caddel: a quiet contemplation of night

Written at night on a backlit handheld screen, Caddel's final collection of poems is infused with a love of the world Sometime in the late 1990s, the poet Richard Caddel got his hands on a PDA – a...

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Letter: Maurice Cockrill obituary

I met the painter Maurice Cockrill one evening in April 1968 in O'Connor's, the pub that had become the hub of the Liverpool poetry scene. He was then living in a room on the first floor at 64 Canning...

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Christmas Day by Paul Durcan: delicate, courteous, cordial

Reader Claire McAlpine finds kindness and forgiveness in a book-length poem set on 'the feast of St Loneliness' This book-length poem is the antithesis of traditional Christmas cheer and will appeal...

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Readers' books of the year 2013: part 1

From Sebastian Faulks's Jeeves and the Wedding Bells to Patrick Ness's More Than This to Alan Johnson's This Boy, Guardian readers pick their favourite reads of 2013 Chris Allen, Buckingham Burial...

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TS Eliot: giant of poetry or literary obsessive? – books podcast

John Crace's satirical Digested read columns have become a Guardian institution, reducing the most newsworthy books of the year to an essential 600 words. Here, he looks at just one year of the TS...

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The departed: Seamus Heaney and Lou Reed, the cultural heroes I lost in 2013

The death of the Velvet Underground leader stole a musical icon, but that of the poet felt like a more personal loss Two of my real, heart-held culture heroes died in 2013. Lou Reed was the soundtrack...

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Readers' books of the year 2013: part 2

From Lionel Shriver's Big Brother to Jim Crace's Harvest, and from Ruth Rendell's No Man's Nightingale to Iain Banks' The Quarry, Guardian readers pick their favourite reads of 2013 Richard Gilyead,...

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Readers' books of the year 2013: part 3

From The Burning Ground by Roselle Angwin to JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, Guardian readers pick their favourite reads of 2013 Chris Noakes, Totnes, South Devon The Burning Groundby Roselle Angwin...

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Edward Lear's The New Vestments: the artistry of an extraordinary suit

A nonsensical poem about the defrocking of a proud old man provides narrative fun and psychological food for thought This week's poem, The New Vestments by Edward Lear, provides, like all Lear's...

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Why the Pablo Neruda 'poisoning' saga rolls on

Toxicology tests appear to have conclusively proved that the Chilean poet died of natural causes – but his driver and some of his family are demanding further investigation, maintaining he was...

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Cécile Nobrega obituary

My mother, Cécile Nobrega, who has died aged 94, was an accomplished classical composer (her piece Twilight has been sung by many national choirs), poet, sculptor and educator. In the 1990s, she...

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2014 in books: turn over a new leaf

The return of Sherlock on TV, Wolf Hall at the RSC and Lord of the Flies: the ballet – plus new books from Dave Eggers, Sarah Waters, Stephen King and many more January | February | March | April |...

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Poster poems: Anniversaries

For the 100th Poster poems, we look back at 10 of the most popular blogs in the series and invite entries on a commemorative theme The first Poster poems blog was posted on 28 March 2008. It was a bit...

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Rhythm is the key to good sex: why leading poet is launching anthology of...

From Catullus to Daniel Craig and Marvell to Wendy Cope, a new volume will gather the most lyrical celebrations of human passion Is it easier to write about coupling in rhyming couplets than lines of...

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Dylan Thomas centenary: South Wales gets ready to welcome the world

Influx of visitors expected in 100th year since birth of poet and hellraiser, who died in 1953 at the age of 39 The bookshops are stocking up, the hotels undergoing spring-cleans and the pubs...

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Poem of the week: Gerard Manley Hopkins translates Horace

The young writer's version of the classical lyric poet is inflected with the eccentric innovation that marked his own work Besides the dazzling original poetry for which he's celebrated, Gerard Manley...

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Nathan Filer wins Costa first novel award with The Shock of the Fall

Novel, described as 'one of the best books about mental health', goes on to compete for overall prize Nathan Filer still does the odd Sunday shift as a registered mental health nurse, although they...

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