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All One Breath by John Burnside – review

Earthed and ethereal, the latest collection of poems from the author of Black Cat Bone is a marvel You might have expected that after Black Cat Bone, which won the TS Eliot and the Forward prizes,...

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Banjo Paterson, Australia's bush poet, celebrated during 150th anniversary

A 10-day festival in Orange, in the central west of NSW, will mark the contribution of the nation-defining bush balladeer Michael Safi

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Warsan Shire: young poet laureate wields her pen against FGM

London poet shows solidarity with Fahma Mohamed with poem calling on Michael Gove to involve schools in FGM campaignSign our petition asking Michael Gove to tackle FGM in schoolsWatch Warsan's video...

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Poem of the week: The Solar Microscope by Walter Savage Landor

Victorian science provides the imagery for a droll vision of competing poets devouring each other's status Walter Savage Landor begins his 1858 collection, Dry Sticks Fagoted, with a graceful but not...

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George Herbert: the man who converted me from atheism | Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes: George Herbert – part 1: The early 17th century clergyman wrote the most fiercely intelligent poetry, grappling with Christian doctrines and our relationship with God I blame...

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Iain Banks's final book – of poetry – to be published in 2015

Collection will include work by Banks's friend Ken MacLeod and will come out on the anniversary of his death in February The final work by Iain Banks – a collection of poetry by the late author – will...

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Michael Baldwin obituary

Poet and novelist with a passion for teaching others to write For the poet and novelist Michael Baldwin, who has died aged 83, the experience of teaching others to write while battling to produce his...

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Mots justes: pick the perfect word in a poem

At Oxford, I was taught that every particle of a poem can amplify its meaning, and when poets get it right individual words can add volumes of sense. Trying to fill in some of their blanks is a useful...

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The Outnumbered Poet: Critical and Autobiographical Essays by Dennis...

The ever magnanimous writer-critic Dennis O'Driscoll was overseer of the global poetry village The death of Dennis O'Driscoll on Christmas Eve 2012 robbed the poetry world of one of its most treasured...

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Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore by Linda Leavell...

A biography of the great modernist poet Marianne Moore traces a life lived in her mother's shadow "Critics and Connoisseurs" – a good introduction for novices to the modernist poetry of Marianne...

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The Saturday poem: The Moult

by Jen Hadfield Stay out of the sun:we can all see you. Stop picking fightsabove your weight. We've this high golden bowl of heather and mosscompany of whaups and cries andmutters in the wind; the...

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How can we measure the immeasurable? | Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes: George Herbert – part 2: Put simply, we can't. Herbert is at his most profoundly theological through his poetry's use of arresting images and scenes In typical 17th-century...

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Poem of the week: At Lunch in Les Deux Magots by Lorna Goodison

A relaxed blend of plain and heightened language, this poem sets a contemporary spring day against the ghosts of literary heroes This week's poem celebrates an urban springtime, a meeting of "ripe...

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Top five classic swimming books

Who said that books and water don't mix? Immerse yourselves in the pages of these wild-swimming classics until the warmer weather comes along Despite the admirable if intimidating example set by a few...

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Collection of John Lennon drawings, poetry and prose to be auctioned

100 of the artist’s creations, previously owned by London publisher Tom Maschler, will be sold at auction in June, with Sotheby’s expecting to raise more than £78,000 Sean Michaels

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Tobias Hill: 'During the last novel, it was so difficult that I just caved in...

The award-winning writer tells Christina Patterson why his latest novel is set in a bustling (London) market and how he's been trying not to write about the capital for years Tobias Hill doesn't have...

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Margaret Wise Brown's unearthed lullaby poems to be published

A dozen of the Goodnight Moon author's poems were discovered in an old trunk, and will be released in the US Margaret Wise Brown has lulled generations of children off to sleep with her classic...

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All One Breath by John Burnside – review

Sarah Crown on the glory of John Burnside's bleak portraits of solitude There's something about being a follower of John Burnside that feels a little like checking in at regular intervals with an...

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The Saturday poem: The Box

by Vona Groarke I sat in a garden of medieval wildflowersand let the sun insist upon my face.There was a city at my backwith the kind of light at play that had knowledge of blue enameland...

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Bring the literary giants of the great war to life

Thanks to Project Gutenberg and Oxford University's poetry archive, the literature of the first world war has never been more accessible It's still months to go till the hundredth anniversary of the...

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