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Poster poems: lawns

Nature tamed or nature fighting to be wild again, the lawn is a great site for summer thoughts. Let's see what you can roll out for this month's challengeSummer is here at last it seems, with long...

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Wigan poet Louise Fazackerley: 'Artists come from Wigan; they rarely stay here'

The performance poet winner of the Radio 3 Verb New Voices award on moving to London, rubbing shoulders with Jarvis Cocker, and the poetry inspired by her soldier husband's return from Afghanistan It's...

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The Living Option: Selected Poems by Karen Solie review

A poet of the modern long-distance journey, Solie embraces the moment and observes the anxieties that come with choiceBorn in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, in central Canada, Karen Solie now lives in...

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The 10 best recordings of poets

From Alfred Lord Tennyson to Alice Oswald, Andrew Motion chooses his favourite recordings of poems read aloud by those who wrote themHear and download all of the recordings at poetryarchive.org, and...

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The Saturday Poem: Square Man

by Melissa Lee-HoughtonYou're a square man. Everything about you is square: your face, your chin, your body,the squareness of your opinions,the squareness of your emotional life.With so many sides and...

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Letter: Geoffrey Godbert on Rosemary Tonks. 'She gave the impression of a...

I first met Rosemary Tonks at the Group poetry meetings held in the 1970s at Edward Lucie-Smith's Chelsea house. She immediately gave the impression of a coiled spring waiting and needing to be...

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Bright Travellers review Fiona Benson's impressive first collection

Fiona Benson transforms life's surprises, accidents and let-downs into poems of great beauty in her bold debutYou might think Bright Travellers a fey title, but not once you have encountered the poem...

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Jeremy Paxman, elitism, and poetry for ordinary people | @guardianletters

George Szirtes (Poetry is felt, not fathomed, 3 June) seems unaware that his oddly elitist dismissal of "the People" (twice), and their alleged inability to "get" a "difficult" Eliot or Auden, seem to...

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Poem of the week: Desert Flowers by Keith Douglas

Not long before his cruelly early death, Douglas matched the grim reality of war with a lyric passionSeventy years ago, the poet Keith Douglas was killed during the Allied invasion of Normandy on 9...

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Edinburgh Book festival: a palpable passion for literature

Whether you are rubbing shoulders with world leaders, grilling the latest literary stars or simply reclining in Charlotte Square with a glass of wine, Edinburgh is a book festival like no otherWhen I...

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Elder by David Constantine review a new collection as the poet turns 70

Constantine's lifelong devotion to the classics and to German is in evidence in poems that neither avoid death nor permit it to belittle life's gifts The publication of David Constantine's Elder marks...

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The Saturday Poem: When Considering the Long, Long Journey of 28,000...

by Kei MillerTo them who knew to break free from dark hold of ships Continue reading...

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Fredrik Sjöberg: 'I realised I had to write my book for people not interested...

Fredrik Sjöberg spent seven years hunting hoverflies on a small Swedish island and then wrote a genre-defying memoir about it'It's somewhere between a flute and an opium pipe," explains Fredrik...

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Poem of the week: Ecce Puer by James Joyce

The death of his father and birth of his grandson prompted a return to poetry for Joyce and perhaps his finest work in the mediumBloomsday is 16 June, and what better poem to bring to a celebration of...

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Baudelaire dismissed Victor Hugo as 'an idiot' in unseen letter

In contrast to public praise of Les Misérables author, correspondence reveals private contemptVictor Hugo, revered author of Les Misérables and towering French literary giant, was also something of a...

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Pablo Neruda poems 'of extraordinary quality' discovered

More than 20 unseen works found, which his publisher says amount to 'a literary event of universal significance'More than 20 unpublished poems by Pablo Neruda works of "extraordinary quality" according...

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Alexander Pope: in his own image

The marble bust of Alexander Pope, created by Roubiliac, shows the writer as he wanted to be seen by posterity. But the face still reveals his constant pain and wildnessAlexander Pope hasn't been a...

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The Saturday Poem: That Was the Summer

by Kit WrightThat was the summer as I recall,the man next door and I beganto call each other Sir,in a kind of roguish formality ormock-combative collusion. Why,I cannot say, but keep it upwe somehow...

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Park Notes review beautifully crafted ruminations on Regent's Park

Sarah Pickstone gathers writings from Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Olivia Laing and others to fine effectWe are often invited to think of London's parks as the lungs of the city, its breathing spaces....

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All quiet on the Welsh front: reliving the horrors of Mametz

It was a five-day fight for a square mile of Somme trees that left thousands dead. Now National Theatre Wales are recreating the Battle of Mametz Wood on a sheep farmIt was the sound of the gunfire...

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