Three bluetongues reside in our steep bush garden
of sandstone ledges and the stumps of fallen trees.
One is content to doze under a rock while around her
everyone chatters; one lost the pointy end of its tail

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'Happenings', a new poem by Alamgir Hashmi

Alamgir Hashmi
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Her mother remembers how in the end
she died of third-degree burns from a kitchen fire,
and she can’t get over it, the cup of tea
her daughter made her every day

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'Roman bridges', a new poem by Simon West

Simon West
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The springing point was where they took off from,
where the impost, set on good footings,
joined the arch and assured its leap and span
of water’s being there yet flowing on.

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'White Cyclamen', a new poem by Jennifer Maiden

Jennifer Maiden
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Nothing is whiter,
like clouds with the sun inside them.
Nothing is smoother,
like clouds and the moon beside them.

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I was reading a poem in that upstairs sunlit room
when I looked up and thought I saw you, Harry,
standing beside the window across from the apartment
where laundry hung outside like a fireman’s ladder snaking

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'Walking Off', a new poem by Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock
Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Take the Dasslers, for example: even with
a buggy and two horses they were walking –
leaving it all, turning their backs, quitting

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'The Least Feigning', a new poem by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Tuesday, 29 April 2014

What you say
about poetry
could very well
be stone-
cold factual

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'The Philosophy Exam', a new poem by Kevin Brophy

Kevin Brophy
Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Now you have seen the elephant and heard
from an ex-student who blogs an elegy
to his lost left leg (his transfemoral amputation),
and a friend (you visit him in emergency)

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2014 Porter Prize Shortlist

Paul Kane et al.
Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize – now open to all poets writing in English – is one of our most prestigious prizes of its kind. Read this year’s four shortlisted poems.

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'Reading the Greek Myths', a new poem by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
Thursday, 27 March 2014

You are seething; I am worried.
We have read the Greek myths.

This anger of yours feels like
a distant thunderclap

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