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Heroes of 2014: Dylan Thomas, a poet brought back to life | Simon Jenkins

He may have died in 1953, but the BBC dramatisation of Under Milk Wood brought Thomas’s work afresh to a 21st-century audienceDylan Thomas’s 2014 centenary saw a predictable gush of adjective-drenched,...

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Poet Claudia Rankine: 'Racism works purely on perception' in America

The Jamaican writer’s latest collection tackles race. She explains how she’s using poetry to make sense of one of the most fraught times in recent US history In August Claudia Rankine, the lyric poet...

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Jabberwocky review – uncanny and enchanting

Little Angel, London Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem makes perfect sense in Peter O’Rourke’s spellbinding puppet showIt has been a season of strange theatrical beasts. None of them is more imaginative...

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Wilfred Owen’s Shrewsbury home granted Grade II listing

Unchanged redbrick house, where parents of famous first world war poet learned of his death in 1918, listed by English HeritageAn Edwardian redbrick semi-detached house on the outskirts of Shrewsbury...

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Poem of the week: Signal Flags (Without You It’s Chaos) by Lucy Tunstall

A modern woman tries to semaphore her distress to a distant ‘Edwardian’ loverLucy Tunstall, born in London in 1969, published her first collection, The Republic of the Husband a few months ago. She...

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Security fears and money worries take toll on Afghan literary scene

Poets’ weekly gatherings suffer slump in fortunes as budgets tighten after the withdrawal of western troopsEvery Thursday, down a quiet residential street, hundreds of men gather inside a red tent....

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Poetry in motion: mobile site brings new audience to African writers

Continent’s ancient oral tradition gets new hearing on pioneering mobile site Badilisha Poetry X-Change“These days, the language of deathis a dialect of betrayals; the bodies broken, placid as saints,...

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Man bites doggerel - what does 1981 hold? From the archive, 31 December 1980

On New Year’s Eve, a Guardian poet predicts problems in Ulster, lengthening dole queues and BBC flops for 1981 Looking forward, looking back,Off the rails or on the track?What immortal hand or eyeCan...

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The Saturday poem: New Year Party

by Dennis O’DriscollBy landslide votewe drive the old year out,unanimously passmotions of no confidence. It had been granted an entire yearto fulfil its promise, only to renegeon its mandate, plague...

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Carol Ann Duffy: a great public poet who deserves her public honour

As the current laureate is made a Dame, Kate Wilkinson pays tribute to work that has fearlessly engaged with the great questions of our ageDorothy Wordswoth’s Christmas Birthday by Carol Ann...

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Fire Songs review – David Harsent’s apocalyptic collection

A feverish collection of ecstatic visions, biblical symbols and everywhere a lick of flame“Dreamwork delivers jump-cuts”, David Harsent writes towards the end of Fire Songs, and it’s a phrase that...

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick review – ambitious and frustrating

Spirals are everywhere in the stories and poem that make up this intriguing book, now on the Costa shortlist. But what does it all mean?Pick up Marcus Sedgwick’s new book, shortlisted for the Costa...

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Announcing Young Romantics, a new creative writing prize

Newsflash: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy leads a team of judges for the Keats-Shelley essay prize 2015 (open to 16-18 year-olds for the first time!) AND their new Young Romantics creative writing...

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Poem of the week: Ballad by Philip Fried

Carol Rumens reconnoitres a work that refracts modern psychological warfare through ancient folk traditionsBallad Once the social structure has thoroughly been mapped out,staff should identify and...

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Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself – a work of art in its own right

This illustrated edition of Walt Whitman’s epic poem from Leaves of Grass is a heartfelt, sexy tribute to the Good Gray PoetAt the end of Song of Myself, the epic poem at the heart of Leaves of Grass,...

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Costa prize for poetry 2014: My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan Edwards

Two poems from the ‘joyous, brilliant and moving’ collection that has taken this year’s award and is now in contention for the overall prize Evel Knievel Jumps Over my Family A floodlit Wembley. Lisa,...

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TS Eliot 50 years on – quiz

One of the 20th century's most influential poets, Eliot died 50 years ago this month. He often wrote of the fragility of memory, but much do you recall about his work? Continue reading...

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Poster poems: mountains | Billy Mills

Down the centuries, they have supplied many poets with symbols, subjects and inspiration. Your tall order this time is to follow their ascents Fifty years ago this October three American poets, Allen...

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New books party: Books that arrived recently | @GrrlScientist

This week, I share two books with you; a readable collection of essays written by the foremost authorities in neuroscience about the future of the brain, and a lovely book of poetry and art that...

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TS Eliot: the poet who conquered the world, 50 years on

TS Eliot, once a subversive outsider, became the most celebrated poet of the 20th century – a world poet, who changed the way we think. Yet, fifty years after his death, we are still making new...

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