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Tea With The Tories: poet performs angry critique of Blair in Westminster

Luke Wright delivers acclaimed piece What I Learned From Johnny Bevan … to an audience of only two MPs In the depths of the Palace of Westminster, beneath chandeliers and in front of an imposing...

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War Music: An Account of Homer’s Iliad by Christopher Logue review – a life’s...

Inspired by Homer’s Iliad, this unfinished epic is explicitly contemporary, yet revels in its ancient rootsChristopher Logue began writing his version of the Iliad in 1959, after a BBC producer...

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Walt Whitman revealed as author of 'Manly Health' guide

Thirteen-part series unearthed from the New York Atlas, which lays out plan to ‘give America a far nobler physique’ A long-lost book-length guide to “manly health” by Walt Whitman, in which the great...

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Clive James: ‘Ben Affleck has overcome the handicap of his absurd good looks’

‘Redford got so bored by his own beauty that he would go off and direct something. Affleck probably has the same motivation, but he has a lot more directorial flair’ My copy of the 2012 Ben Affleck...

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The Saturday poem: Polar Route

by Beverley Bie Brahic Breathless ends with a betrayal, Belmondosprinting from a copas Seberg runs her thumb across her lower lipthe way Belmondo used to. If the sky falls now, Chicken Little,it will...

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Walt Whitman’s lost advice to America’s men: meat, beards and not too much sex

Rediscovered newspaper columns by poet Walt Whitman despair of a lack of ‘manly virility’ and promote the development of a ‘noble physique’ A simple meat diet, no sweets, fried food or even vegetables,...

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Skies by Alison Brackenbury review – accumulated wisdom

The seasoned craft and musicality of Alison Brackenbury’s poetry shine through in this humble, haunting and humorous collectionAlison Brackenbury’s poetry is hospitable: open to all. She was born in...

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Somme from above: aerial photos inspire poet Simon Armitage

Poems matched with images offering ‘unfamiliar visual perspective’ of battle to form part of Norfolk and Norwich festival Century-old images of a landscape already layered with millennia of history,...

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Poem of the week: Yangtze by Sarah Howe

An elliptical account of a journey down the Chinese river subtly registers the impact of massive environmental damage Yangtze The moon glimmersin the brown channel.Strands of mistwrap the...

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Father Daniel Berrigan obituary

Radical Catholic priest and writer who led protests against the Vietnam warThe American Jesuit priest Father Daniel Berrigan, who has died aged 94, formed a radical partnership with his younger...

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Translation Tuesday: The Cities, a poem by Marie Silkeberg

This rapid-fire Swedish poetry, inspired by Malevich’s black squares, was the poetry winner Asymptote’s translation contest – read an extract By Marie Silkeberg and Kelsi Vanada for Translation...

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Sir David Attenborough, you askin’? I’m starstruck | Peter Bradshaw

Both times I’ve met my hero I’ve been reduced to a shivering wreck, unable to take a good photo or make sensible conversationThe Queen is used to all the people she meets looking slightly stunned, and...

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Poster poems: politics

As bruising electoral battles rage on around us, it’s a good time to remember that poets can raise their voices for public causes, too. Please add your voice below In the US, the electorate braces...

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The Blind Road-Maker by Ian Duhig review – songs of the forgotten and voiceless

A hymn to an 18th-century Yorkshire civil engineer, and to the ‘Ashtrayland’ version of modern England As a dictionary plunderer who knows a lot about a lot of things, Ian Duhig’s eclectic enthusiasms...

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Hunts in literature – quiz

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt author Michael Rosen turns 70 on Saturday. To mark the occasion, we’re in hot pursuit of answers. Can you run them to ground? 1What is the name of the pirate who buries the...

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Michael Rosen's greatest quotes to mark his 70th birthday!

Happy 70th birthday to poetry and prose pro Michael Rosen – here are some of our favourite quotes to celebrate the big day Got a burning questions for the author of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt? You can...

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The Saturday poem: Tomatoes

by Selima Hill I’ve noticed other people like tomatoes;I myself prefer simple facts – the fact of my existence, for example;quadruples; facts about euphoria – Continue reading...

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Poem of the Week: Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister by Robert Browning

One monk’s foibles are another’s motivation for murder in this growling outburst of a poem, told with a rhythm that punches like a fist Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister I Related: Robert Browning's...

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Ondaatje prize shortlist spans globe from Ireland to Sri Lanka

Finalists for prize honouring books that conjure ‘the spirit of a place’ include poems about rural Ireland and a history of the Sri Lankan civil war From a poetry collection about rural Ireland to a...

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Meet the Greek writers revolutionising poetry in the age of austerity

A new group of poets is changing the arts landscape in Greece. Fearless, global and with an artistic fervour unseen since the dictatorship, they tell us their hopes, the culture that excites them – and...

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