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John Sinclair: 'We wanted to kick ass – and raise consciousness'

He was the fearless Detroit protopunk who terrified America with his band the MC5 – and saw busts and jail as all part of a revolutionary's lot. So what's John Sinclair doing today? Writing jazz...

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Carol Ann Duffy reads her poem Mrs Schofield's GCSE

To help celebrate International Women's Day, the poet laureate reads her poem, penned in response to her work being removed from a GCSE curriculum

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The female poets who have earned their laurels

A celebration of the UK and Ireland's female poet laureates as part of International Women's Day• Hear Carol Ann Duffy read her poem Mrs Schofield's GCSE All five poet laureates of the United Kingdom,...

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If God is love, then can God also be love, heat and passion? | Miranda...

George Herbert personifies God as love – a fundamental tenet of the Bible – but then goes further, as the more sexual heat "God is love". It's probably the least controversial statement in the Bible....

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Elizabeth Browning remembered in Google Doodle

Early Victorian poet whose courtship with Robert is among the most famous of all time would have been 208 today• Blog: Elizabeth Barrett Browning's five best poems The latest Google Doodle celebrates...

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning's five best poems

Google is prompting browsers across the land to discover a brilliant Victorian poet. Here's a very brief primer on a bold and brilliant talent A Google doodle brings Elizabeth Browning to mind this...

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Wendell Berry: 'for Americans to talk about sustainability is a bit of a joke'

Yale Environment 360: Local food effort tiny while industrial agriculture is blasting ahead at a great rate, says author, farmer and activist

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Poster poems: Trees

The storms may batter them, but resilient trees inspire fairy tales, myths, horror stories and even philosophy. And hopefully, you The most visible result of the high winds we celebrated in last...

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Poem of the week: from The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn by...

A dazzling blend of symbol, myth, descriptive realism and a poignantly authentic young girl's voice This week's poem takes the form of an extract from Andrew Marvell's The Nymph Complaining for the...

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Prize fights: A roundup of rivalrous literary awards

The Folio prize adds to an already crowded field of contenders wishing to be the No 1. John Dugdale draws up a book on the competition In a few hours, the Folio prize's challenge to the Man Booker...

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Marilyn Butler obituary

Leading literary critic and Romantic period scholar with a special interest in Jane Austen Marilyn Butler, who has died aged 77, was one of the leading scholars of Romanticism of her generation. She...

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Pi Day: Shakespeare, Jane Austen and the poet laureate of pi

Alex Bellos: A celebration of the work of Mike Keith, including publication of his new creation, the pi haiku, or piku Alex Bellos

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Saudi book fair bans 'blasphemous' Mahmoud Darwish works after protest

Removal of books by revered Palestinian poet from Riyadh publishing event is condemned by PEN as censorship The removal of works by the esteemed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish from a major book fair...

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A Double Sorrow review – 'Shadowed by the mystery of real poetry'

Lavinia Greenlaw's fresh take on Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde evokes the slipping-away character of love Lavinia Greenlaw's A Double Sorrow, is a new take on Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde....

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The Saturday Poem: Diality

by Hugo Williams The shock of remembering,having forgotten for a second,that this isn't a cure,but a kind of false health,like drug addiction. It performs the trickof sieving you clean of muckfor a...

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The Land of Gold review – Sebastian Barker's fond farewell to paradise

Suffused with a love of God – and Greece – Sebastian Barker's final poems are a holiday for the soul At the end of Sebastian Barker's final collection, in A Monastery of Light, he writes about the...

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti to publish his travel journals

Journals, covering 1950 to 2013, will shed light on 94-year-old poet's political passions and relationships with Beat generation Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet who was tried on obscenity charges...

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Poem of the week: A Bird from the West by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In celebration of St Patrick's Day, here is an emotive ballad from one of Ireland's foremost nationalist poets in which an expat longs for her homeland Born in Dublin in 1866, Dora Sigerson Shorter...

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Nigel Jenkins obituary

My cousin, the writer Nigel Jenkins, who has died aged 64 after suffering from pancreatic cancer, taught himself Welsh and went on to become a leading literary figure in Wales. He was born into an...

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JRR Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published after 90-year wait

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author's version of epic Anglo-Saxon poem fleshes out heroes' past, says son who edited manuscript Hwæt! Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the 11th-century...

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