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Sleeping on Islands by Andrew Motion review – candid stories from the former poet laureate
A revealing memoir illuminates the conflict between wordly success and creative freedom

Kathryn Hughes

25, May, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Amanda Gorman ‘gutted’ after Florida school bans Biden inauguration poem
Poet, 25, vows to fight back after single complaint, which wrongly ascribed The Hill We Climb to Oprah Winfrey, prompts removal

Ed Pilkington in New York

24, May, 2023 @12:54 PM

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No rhyme or reason: why is poetry missing from the new Caffè Nero book awards?
Despite rising sales in the UK, there is no poetry category in the new writing prize. The reason isn’t a lack of audience but a lack of imagination

Rishi Dastidar

24, May, 2023 @9:42 AM

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Poem of the week: Poem XVII by WH Auden
This mysterious work from 1930 is very tempting to read as a conflicted love poem by the young gay poet

Carol Rumens

22, May, 2023 @8:57 AM

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Pete Brown, countercultural poet, singer and Cream lyricist, dies aged 82
British poet who wrote lyrics for Sunshine of Your Love, White Room and many more also had acclaimed solo career

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

20, May, 2023 @6:27 PM

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Jill Longmate obituary
Other lives: Writer who chronicled the lives of contemporary lesbians

Diana Souhami

18, May, 2023 @4:36 PM

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‘As good as Yorkshire but without the tourists’: the pure poetry of Lincolnshire’s Tennyson country
The Lincolnshire Wolds are marking their 5oth anniversary as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with events from hedge-laying to star gazing

Sarah Baxter

16, May, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Poem of the week: Der Kleiber … by Sujata Bhatt
Though set in ambiguous territory, the observations of the tiny bird in these verses are precise and pin-sharp

Carol Rumens

15, May, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Anthony Anaxagorou wins Ondaatje prize for collection of postcolonial poetry
The British-Cypriot poet took the £10,000 award with his third book of poems, which judges described as ‘pushing the confines of form and language’

Ella Creamer

10, May, 2023 @7:30 PM

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‘Candid’, ‘gripping’, ‘compulsory reading’: the best Australian books out in May
Each month, Guardian Australia editors and critics pick out the upcoming titles they’ve already devoured – or can’t wait to get their hands on

Steph Harmon, Sian Cain, Bec Kavanagh, Susan Chenery, Lucy Clark, Joseph Cummins and Celina Ribeiro

09, May, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Blood Feather by Patrick McGuinness review – on the wings of grief
The multitalented writer returns to poetry after 13 years with a striking, moving collection sparked by the death of his mother

Kate Kellaway

09, May, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Poem of the week: The North Wind by Anne Brontë
This free-spirited romantic adventure story is one of Anne Brontë’s ‘Gondal poems’

Carol Rumens

08, May, 2023 @9:33 AM

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