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Second comings: the artists who found success the long way round

Ever dreamed of packing it all in and becoming an artist? Meet four people who prove it’s never too late to follow your heart – from the sociologist bagging poetry prizes in her 60s, to the surgeon...

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Poem of the week: Colored Hats by Gertrude Stein

Some think of Stein’s poetry as a literary version of cubism, but her embrace of ordinary objects here seems more radical – and more mysterious, writes Carol Rumens Colored HatsColored hats are...

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David Harsent wins TS Eliot prize for poetry for Fire Songs

Creative writing professor takes home £20,000 prize for his 11th collection of work after four previous appearances on shortlistAfter four previous appearances on the shortlist for the TS Eliot prize...

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Eliot, Pound and modern Poetry | Letters: Professor David Moody and Ann Monroe

In his celebration of the young TS Eliot (Review, 10 January), Robert Crawford writes at length about the modernity and the notable achievement of The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, but mentions only...

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With Thomas Hardy in Dorchester: from the archive, 14 January 1928

A fortunate journalist recalls a guided tour given to him by the Dorset town’s renowned author A correspondent writes:- “I was once lucky enough to be taken round Dorchester with two friends by Thomas...

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Harry Haines obituary

My friend Harry Haines, who has died aged 95, was a coalface worker, social worker and writer who was happy to be labelled the Miner Poet. Born in Portsmouth, Harry was an aircraft engineer in the RAF...

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Selected Poems 1986-2012 by Thomas Lux – review

The family farm, endives and cherries that speak of both joy and deprivationFor six years Thomas Lux’s poem “Refrigerator, 1957” has been squatting my computer desktop. I was writing a fridge poem of...

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Jeanette Winterson on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy – of course it's political

Duffy’s 1999 collection The World’s Wife gives the women behind the scenes – from Mrs Midas to Queen Kong – a glorious and powerful voice. She is a poet of vast imagination Poetry is pleasure....

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The Saturday poem: Tinnitus: January, thin rain becoming ice

by David HarsentNow footsteps on shingle. Make of it what you will. Sea-birds roost on the breakwaters, accustomed, of course, to twilight. The spirit-lamp in that house on the headland could easily...

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David Harsent: ‘If I can’t hear the music, I don’t think it is a poem’

The recently announced winner of the TS Eliot prize on dreams, his awful education and his years as a writer of detective fiction Professor of creative writing at the University of Roehampton, David...

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Poem of the week: Access Visit by Rory Waterman

An awkward outing with a separated father is recalled – and lived again – in this delicate sonnet, finds Carol Rumens Your afternoon pint; my Britvic pineapple juice;a bag of prawn cocktail gaping in...

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The gig venue guide: the Vortex, London

Welcome to the jazz venue that, rich in community spirit, is perfect for the purist but also gracious to the merely curious Capacity: 100. Who plays there: The Vortex offers perhaps the most diverse...

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2015 Stephen Spender prize for poetry in translation – submit your entry

Submit a previously unpublished translation of a poem from any language, ancient or modern, no later than 22 MayPoetry translation requires an unusual degree of judgment and balance: while slavish...

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Who was Chaucer?

From the foul-mouthed Miller to the prim Prioress, only Chaucer could have dreamed up a group as diverse as the Canterbury pilgrims. But how much do we know about the founding father of English...

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The Saturday poem: Nun on a Bicycle

by Jonathan EdwardsNow here she comes, rattling over cobbles,powered by her sandals, the gentle downhilland the grace of God. Now here she comes, her habit what it was always waiting to become:a...

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Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land review – an impressive monograph...

The first official biography of TS Eliot, covering his life up to The Waste Land, is both compelling and revelatoryYoung Eliot marks both a milestone and a turning point. First, it coincides with the...

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Rego Retold review – poems make you look at Rego’s work with fresh attention

While he misses the black humour, Owen Lowery sees lifetimes in the magically mystifying moments captured by Paula Rego’s artSo many of Paula Rego’s paintings are of people caught in the act – but the...

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Poem of the week: Where the Script Ends by Arundhathi Subramaniam

Carol Rumens looks at a vivid portrait of the distances between cultures, languages and lovers – and the romantic wish to overcome themWhere the Script Ends His shirt is tangerine,the sky Delft,the...

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The Costa book of the year contender bringing poetry to class

Poet and teacher Jonathan Edwards, up against Ali Smith for the top Costa prize, has no intention of leaving school. It’s where he gets his inspiration, he saysWhen Jonathan Edwards was a schoolboy in...

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Ali Smith favourite to win Costa book of the year 2014

How to Be Both’s daring combination of contemporary and Renaissance stories leads betting for the prestigious awards’ overall winnerRead extracts from all the category winners• Vote for your favourite...

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