Poetry

Benjamin Ivry reviews 'Our Life Grows' by Ryszard Krynicki, translated by Alissa Valles

Benjamin Ivry
26 April 2018

This poem, cited in its entirety, is ‘My Poor Son’ by the Polish writer Ryszard Krynicki, who will be seventy-five years old in June 2018. Likely the finest poet in the generation afte More

David McCooey reviews 'Who Reads Poetry: 50 views from Poetry Magazine' edited by Fred Sasaki and Don Share

David McCooey
26 April 2018

So, who reads poetry? American military cadets, that’s who. And medical specialists. Also, songwriters, journalists, and philosophers. And don’t forget (ex-) poets, priests, and politi More

Joan Fleming reviews 'Domestic Interior' by Fiona Wright and 'The Tiny Museums' by Carolyn Abbs

Joan Fleming
03 April 2018

The classic lyric preoccupation with interiority, and how internal life touches and changes the outside world, finds expression in two recent collections of poetry: Fiona Wright’s ...

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'The Boathouse' by Judith Beveridge

Judith Beveridge
27 March 2018

ending on a line by John Burnside

No one on the boats, just cats – thin, furtive.
There’s the blown cry of terns and the wheedling
embarkations of crows, but you will not slip

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'Spring Idylls' by Gig Ryan

Gig Ryan
27 March 2018

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‘My new persona helped me to make money,’ says the streamer,
but cruel and petty, unhoped for ideal like a hovercraft shimmers
behind a definition of a chair ...

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Jill Jones reviews 'Interval' by Judith Bishop

Jill Jones
27 March 2018

Judith Bishop’s Interval appears just over a decade since the publication of her first book, also using a one-word title, Event (Salt, 2007). This gap seems far too lon More

2018 Porter Prize Shortlist

22 February 2018

'101, Taipei' by Nicholas Wong, 'Compass' by Eileen Chong, 'The Abstract Blue Background' by LK Holt, 'Decoding Paul Klee’s Mit Grünen Strümpfen (With Green Stockings) 1939' by Katherine Healy, and 'breat More

David McCooey reviews 'Renga: 100 poems' by John Kinsella and Paul Kane

David McCooey
22 February 2018

Poets aren’t generally known for being great collaborators. Wordsworth and Coleridge’s 'Lyrical Ballads' (1798) is a rare example of a co-authored canonical work of poetry. 'Renga: 100 More

Bruce Moore reviews 'Beowulf' translated by Stephen Mitchell

Bruce Moore
22 February 2018

The Old English Beowulf, the most important poem in English before Chaucer, was probably composed in the eighth century. The poem traces Beowulf’s three fights against the monst More

Toby Fitch reviews 'Brink' by Jill Jones and 'Passage' by Kate Middleton

Toby Fitch
22 December 2017

The poetic epigraphs that introduce all three sections in Brink, Jill Jones’s tenth full-length poetry collection, are collaged fragments from the poems proper. Moodily, they skirt the e More

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