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Vertigo by Alice Oswald

Here is the first in the series of 20 original poems on the theme of climate change curated by the UK’s poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy May I shuffle forward and tell you the two minute life of rain...

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Let’s go to … Swansea

Dylan Thomas’s birthplace is celebrating its native poet with the first annual Dylan Day on 14 May. We look at attractions poetry-related and not, plus where to eat, sleep and, of course, raise a glass...

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A Mancunian Taxi-Driver Forsees His Death

By Michael Symmons Roberts On a radio show some self-help guru saysthe earth will burn out in a hundred yearsso treat each day as an eternity. I am in a taxi when I hear this news,airport-bound on the...

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The Solace of Artemis

by Paula Meehan. Part of our series of 20 original poems by various authors on the theme of climate change, curated by the UK’s poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy I read that every polar bear alive has...

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Children's poetry quiz: finish the line

Do you think you know your poetry? Well let's find out how good you are with this poetry quiz! It's really simple, just finish the line... Continue reading...

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The Daemon Knows by Harold Bloom review – a man of great literary faith

The Yale professor writes confidently about the ‘dozen creators of the American sublime’ he lionises – but he ignores the way power acts on their work What more do we have to learn from Harold Bloom?...

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Robert Browning's new poem - review: from the archive, 14 May 1873

Mr. Browning takes up in turn all the various problems and enigmas of life as it presents itself in this latter half of the 19th century, but it is beyond his power to supply any solution RED COTTON...

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A climate change poem for today: Zoological Positivism Blues by Paul Muldoon

UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy curates a series of 20 original poems by various authors on the theme of climate change Come with me to the petting zooIts waist high turnstile gateCome with me to the...

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Why Dylan Thomas deserves his international Day

Thomas wrote with unforgettable eloquence about being human, in an English that remains uniquely Welsh. Gillian Clarke, national poet of Wales, explains why he is great • Open thread: what makes Dylan...

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Open thread: what makes Dylan Thomas great?

Celebrate the first Dylan day by showing why the Welsh poet deserves a place in the international calender Why Dylan Thomas deserves his international Day “Whatever talents I possess may suddenly...

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Poster poems: ottava rima

Dating back to Boccaccio, this form has been adopted by everyone from Spenser to Yeats. Now it’s your turn It’s been a long time since we had a Poster poems challenge based on a poetic form, so I...

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A climate change poem for today: Extinction by Jackie Kay

UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy curates a series of 20 original poems by various authors on the theme of climate change We closed the borders, folks, we nailed it. No trees, no plants, no immigrants....

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The Saturday Poem: Baggage

By Fleur Adcock Sealed in their heavy luggage in the holdthey’d brought the encapsulated highlightsof their shed lives: Eva’s sewing machineand her Watteau Doulton dinner service;Sam’s tools, of...

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A climate change poem for today: Scratching for Metaphor in the Somerset...

UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy curates a series of 20 original poems by various authors on the theme of climate change I am here, at the scene of a breaking; broken bits, the metaphor of crushed...

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Poem of the week: You May Have Heard of Me by Shazea Quraishi

This allegorical coming-of-age story uses the figure of a bear to represent the ordinary yet thrilling process by which adulthood is attained You May Have Heard of Me My father was a bear.He carried me...

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Mehri Kashani obituary

Our friend Mehri Kashani, a poet and writer, who has died aged 79, was deeply admired in Persian literary circles in London, where she lived, and in Iran, her home country, which she left after the...

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Sentenced to Life review – Clive James’s spark is not extinguished

He jokes about each new collection of poetry being written in expectation that it will be his last, but the defining mood of James’s latest is one of grateful gallantryThe punning title of Clive...

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A climate poem for today: Cantre’r Gwaelod* by Gillian Clarke

UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy curates a series of 20 original poems by various authors on the theme of climate change The morning after, the beach at Borth is a graveyard, a petrified forest...

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A climate change poem for today: Causeway by Matthew Hollis

UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy curates a series of 20 original poems by various authors on the theme of climate change Beneath the rain-shadow and washed farmhouses, in the service of the old shore,...

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Karl Ove Knausgaard and the writers who really do rock

As fans in New York will discover this week, the Norwegian writer’s rock’n’roll reputation is matched by actual drumming in a bona fide band. It seems odd that more writers don’t do likewise I knew...

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