Poetry

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Gilgamesh Dream Tablet to be formally handed back to Iraq
The 3,600-year-old tablet that shows parts of a Sumerian poem will be returned by the US to the country it was taken from in 1991

Alison Flood

21, Sep, 2021 @10:57 AM

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Poem of the week: Thames by John Challis
Bobbing and jostling with assorted fragments, London’s unsettled river here loses and finds its human past

Carol Rumens

20, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Chris Torrance obituary
Other lives: Poet who was a member of the British Poetry Revival of the 1960s and 70s

Jeremy Hilton

19, Sep, 2021 @5:03 PM

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘I draw the line at flapjack, falafel and tripe’
The poet relates tales of his childhood, run-ins with Bernard Manning – and explains why he wishes Ken Loach would lighten up

Tim Adams

19, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Poem of the week: Sonnet 65 by William Shakespeare
This reflection on ‘sad mortality’ is a shining tribute to the power of love

Carol Rumens

13, Sep, 2021 @9:56 AM

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‘I don’t care’: text shows modern poetry began much earlier than believed
Academic finds that lines widely reproduced in the eastern Roman empire are ‘stressed’ in a way that laid the foundations for what we recognise as poetry

Alison Flood

08, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Poem of the week: Beer for two in Böckler Park, Berlin by Lucy Burnett
A gently subversive love poem that makes language laugh as it falls over itself

Carol Rumens

06, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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A little bird told me: how a magpie taught me I could be a father
Charlie Gilmour never wanted to have children – his father had abandoned him at six months and he feared he’d do the same. But then a magpie came into his life and changed everything

Charlie Gilmour

04, Sep, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The best recent poetry – review roundup
All the Names Given by Raymond Antrobus; The Sun Is Open by Gail McConnell; Single Window by Daniel Sluman; The Kids by Hannah Lowe

Mary Jean Chan

03, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Henry Normal: ‘Comedy’s like sugar. It makes things better but I wouldn’t eat it on its own’
The producer whose TV hits include The Royle Family and Gavin and Stacey on finding the poignancy in life’s little moments, and heading back to the comedy circuit with his poetry

Brian Logan

01, Sep, 2021 @7:04 PM

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Louise Glück: Poems 1962-2020 review – a grand introduction to the Nobel prize winner
A new Penguin collection of the American poet’s work brilliantly showcases the spare beauty of her writing

Kate Kellaway

31, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Poem of the week: Before Exile by Louise Mack
A moving poem based on the Australian writer’s own experience of leaving her home country

Carol Rumens

30, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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