Poetry

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Hollie McNish: ‘I have to psych myself up to share’
The prize-winning poet on her bond with her giggly late gran, embracing blush-making subject matter and why reading poetry is key to writing

Kate Kellaway

15, May, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Dave Cunliffe obituary
Other Lives: Poet and small press publisher involved in the British counterculture of the 1960s

Bruce Wilkinson

14, May, 2021 @5:10 PM

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The best recent poetry – review roundup
The Trojan Women by Anne Carson; The Gododdin by Gillian Clarke; Hotel Raphael by Rachel Boast; American Mules by Martina Evans; pandemonium by Andrew McMillan

Fiona Sampson

14, May, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Vincent D’Onofrio: ‘I really did get mugged by a monkey’
The esteemed actor discusses his move into the world of poetry and his distrust of ‘devious’ primates

Charles Bramesco

12, May, 2021 @2:21 PM

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The Butchers: novel set in Irish BSE crisis wins Ondaatje prize
Ruth Gilligan’s thriller about eight men who cull cattle in rural Ireland wins £10,000 for books that ‘best evoke the spirit of a place’

Alison Flood

11, May, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Labour’s flag-waving sends distress signal | Brief letters
Brief letters: Wolverhampton | The Guardian | Ageing poets | Union flag | Labour | Starlings

Letters

11, May, 2021 @5:23 PM

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A Blood Condition by Kayo Chingonyi review – deep, subtle grace
The Zambian-born British poet explores colonial history, the origin of HIV and survivor’s guilt with a quiet power

Kate Kellaway

11, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Poem of the week: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes
The US poet began writing his sonnets the day Donald Trump was elected president – but even after Trump, they remain fierce, profound and ageless

Carol Rumens

10, May, 2021 @10:41 AM

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Living through India’s pandemic: ‘Oxygen is the new currency’
As India is devastated by a crippling second wave of coronavirus, its leaders’ response to the pandemic is causing anguish and disbelief, writes author Jeet Thayil

Jeet Thayil

07, May, 2021 @5:22 AM

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‘He’s got a wee spring in his step’: 92-year-old grandfather becomes bestselling poet
Gordon McCulloch’s 101 Poems becomes a hit on Amazon after his granddaughter asked her followers to take a look at the book

Alison Flood

04, May, 2021 @1:34 PM

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Poem of the week: Grey Natural Light by Katherine Horrex
Climate change and pollution make for surreal and ghostly imagery in this understated and restrained poem

Carol Rumens

03, May, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Boland: Journey of a Poet review – a profound portrayal of Eavan Boland’s life
Drawing on her early writings, Colm Tóibín captures the essence of the late Irish poet in this transformative production

Clare Brennan

02, May, 2021 @9:30 AM

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