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BAE Systems is a British success story – so why the secrecy? | Owen Hatherley

Despite its size, it's hard to find physical traces of the arms industry on our landscape, making us wonder what it has to hide If Britain's industrial power is in decline, as we are now told on a...

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Poerty apps – review

Poetry App, Shakespeare's Sonnets, The Waste Land and iF Poems No "Josephine Hart Poetry Hour" was complete without Hart at some point referring to the importance of "the sense of sound" and "what...

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The Reasoner by Jeffrey Wainwright – review

Sean O'Brien admires a richly suggestive but austere collection Jeffrey Wainwright, born in 1944, has made an important contribution to the phase of political and historical poetry that connects him...

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Terrier in rape

By Nick MacKinnon At the beginning of our universewhen it was still an unhedged acre,light filled its horizon like clotted creamso you could scoop it up with a spoon,and if God saw it, all God saw was...

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Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds – review

Sharon Olds's moving, insightful poems about the end of her marriage are her best yet This out-of-the-ordinary collection, about the end of a marriage, goes beyond the confessional. Sharon Olds, who...

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Poem of the week: Positive Identification by Ken Smith

A sharp look at the muddled generalisations that are used to characterise the 'criminal class' This week's poem, "Positive Identification", is by Ken Smith, and comes from the collection Shed: Poems...

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John Lewis honoured with poem by Gillian Clarke

The National Poet of Wales has written a new poem, 'Home', for display in the Cardiff branch, marking its third anniversaryWrite your own poem inspired by the department store here Her award-winning...

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Open thread: Your odes to John Lewis

Gillian Clarke has written a poem in honour of the Cardiff branch's third anniversary. Can you do better? Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, has written a poem for display in John Lewis. To be...

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A big shout out to CAPS LOCK DAY | Bim Adewunmi

YouTube comments written all in capitals may be worth avoiding – but there's nothing wrong with a little burst of caps lock drama HELLO! WHAT IS THIS? THE WORK OF A FEVERED MIND, TAKING A BREAK FROM...

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TS Eliot prize for poetry announces 'fresh, bold' shortlist

Newcomer Sean Borodale joins major names including Sharon Olds and Kathleen Jamie and Simon Armitage A "fresh, bold" shortlist for the TS Eliot prize for poetry pits Sean Borodale's first collection...

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Critical eye: book reviews roundup

Nelson: The Sword of Albion by John Sugden, George Osborne: The Austerity Chancellor by Janan Ganesh and Nicholas Roe's John Keats: A New Life In characteristically worded praise, Roger Lewis enthused...

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Out There by Jamie McKendrick - review

Paul Batchelor on a collection that ranges from frontiers in space to terrestrial boundaries "Where there's a will, there's a wall." So says one of Jamie McKendrick's "Stricken Proverbs". Out There is...

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Before Dawn

By Penelope Shuttle I used to wake early, and weep.Now I wake just as early,calm as a cloudin the moony sky outside.Even thinking about unpaid billsdoesn't make me weep,though I used to weep and weep....

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Jackie Kay on reading out an anti-racist poem at a football ground | Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay readies for an experiment – being a poet on Sheffield United's pitch and helping to kick racism out of football On Monday I'm going to be pitching my anti-racist poem to fans of the Blades...

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'I didn't just bury the past, I buried it alive'

In 1960, aged 17, Simon Gough went to Majorca to stay with his great uncle, the writer and poet Robert Graves. It was a golden summer that saw his world fall apart ... The past is a foreign country:...

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Sylvia Plath - reviews from the archive

On what would have been the poet's 80th birthday, we look back through the archives at reviews of her work Sylvia Plath, who was born on 27 October 1932 and died aged 30 in 1963, published only two...

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Poem of the week: Autumn by John Clare

A wind-blown lyric exhilarated by the first blasts of wintry weather, which moves beyond the polite conventions of its time John Clare wrote a number of poems expressing an intense pleasure in windy...

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Cecil Day-Lewis letters donated to Oxford library by his children

Tamasin and Daniel Day-Lewis hand over poet laureate's archive including manuscripts and letter from WH Auden WH Auden did not want to appear condescending but his criticism of Cecil Day-Lewis's poem...

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Poster poems: November

The first real winter chills have inspired many poets, and encouraged them – and you – to stay inside and write. (Unless you're lounging next to a pool in Australia) And so we come to November, the...

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Choosing Sylvia Plath's poems

Carol Ann Duffy was given a copy of Sylvia Plath's Collected Poems for her 25th birthday. Editing a new selection she has experienced afresh the electrifying excitement she felt on that first...

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