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Poetry classics - quiz

How well do you know your knights errant from your coy mistresses? Find out in our fiendishly difficult quiz Billy Mills

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Regina Derieva obituary

Regina Derieva, who has died aged 64 of heart failure, was a poet, who in her best poems achieved that true metaphysical quality which, according to TS Eliot, is the alloy of thought and poetry at a...

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Costa prize judges take to echoing others' verdicts

Recent winners have broken tradition by adding these awards to garlands from elsewhere It's rare to find one set of book prize judges endorsing another lot's verdict – they're more likely to tacitly...

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Amiri Baraka, radical playwright and poet, dies aged 79 in Newark

Provocative writer and leader of the 1960s Black Arts movement had been in hospital since the end of last yearBernardine Evaristo: My fiery inspirationJames Campbell profiles Amiri Baraka Amiri...

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Amiri Baraka

Poet and playwright who walked away from New York literary society to become a leading figure in the Black Arts movement Amiri Baraka, who has died aged 79, was an African-American writer who chose...

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Amiri Baraka: my fiery inspiration | Bernardine Evaristo

His uncompromising stance set an example of bold and daring work, which continues to resound The African-American poet, academic and activist, Amiri Baraka, who died yesterday at the age of 79, was an...

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Amiri Baraka and the black power movement deserve more credit | Daniel Matlin

It wasn't just militancy. The black power movement acutely questioned American society's failures, and still inspires today Like the 1960s black power movement of which he was a figurehead, Amiri...

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The Hotel Oneira by August Kleinzahler – review

Kleinzahler's work, dreamlike yet savvy, is among the most delightful flowerings of American poetry in our times Few poets work the barometer harder than August Kleinzahler. In 1985 he published Storm...

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Can't find the right words for a loved one? Try verse instead

Jenny Swann set up a printing press in memory of her mother to publish poetry that people could send instead of cards at special times The last conversation that Jenny Swann had with her mother was...

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The Saturday Poem: 53° 09'33.17" N, 0° 25'33.18" W

by Rory Waterman A lodge-house to an estate, once: the front wallstill ends with one redundant brick gatepost,its rustic latch clicking only to wind,and the clean bulk of its limestone capshorn of...

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Simon Curtis obituary

My friend Simon Curtis, who has died aged 70, was one of the small band of people who work tirelessly, for no pay and few thanks, to promote poetry. An excellent poet himself, he edited two magazines...

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Poem of the week: Outsider by James Berry

Contending with others' misperceptions and his own isolation, the narrator of these verses reaches a hard-won integration Outsider, by the Jamaican-born poet James Berry, first appeared in his 1979...

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TS Eliot poetry prize goes to Sinéad Morrissey's Parallax

Belfast's first poet laureate joins the ranks of Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott as winner of prestigious £15,000 award Sinéad Morrissey's "many-angled … any-angled" poetry collection Parallax has won...

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Sinéad Morrissey: 'The best moment of my life'

The TS Eliot prize for poetry 2013 winner talks about her delight over the prize, and the many perspectives in her winning collection, Parallax How did it feel when chair of judges Ian Duhig read out...

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Argentinian poet Juan Gelman, fierce critic of the 'dirty war', dies aged 83

Fierce critic of his country's dictatorship and dirty war against the left

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Do you know your way around polar exploring in literature? - quiz

Ernest Shackleton reached the limit of his expedition to the south pole on 16 January 1909. Celebrate with a gruelling test on literature's coldest climes

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Morag Morris obituary

My friend Morag Morris, who has died aged 90, was a great creative force who gave generously of her knowledge and love of poetry to hundreds of students at the Guildford School of Acting and the...

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Pen portraits: fine art in fiction

The Goldfinch, the painting Donna Tartt's new novel is built around, is just one of many real-life works of art reworked into literature The Goldfinch, the Dutch painting that Donna Tartt's novel of...

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Sinéad Morrissey's poetry and literary heroines – books podcast

Fresh from winning the TS Eliot prize for poetry, Sinéad Morrissey joins us in the studio to read from her collection, Parallax. One of its poems recounts going into labour with her first child – so...

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Pilgrim's Flower by Rachael Boast – review

Rachael Boast has found her writerly moment with a rich collection about place, history and relationships Why are second collections often more interesting than debuts? Geoffrey Hill came into focus...

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