'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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Brendan Ryan
Thursday, 27 March 2014

I take a straw broom to the damp leaves on the side path.
The concrete pavers are stained and dirty as they have been
for much of the year. Stooping allows me to see

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'The Presence at Drake Court', a new poem by Will Eaves

Will Eaves
Thursday, 27 March 2014

What’s missing from this floor?
The furniture, but also the reason

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'Of Ash', a new poem by Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Cento after Peter Steele

Is this not running wild?
Silk-white ashes of dream and film
nerve into drama −
into darkness and its minotaur

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'Comatos and Lacon', a new poem by John Kinsella

John Kinsella
Thursday, 27 February 2014

How likely is it that the fellas who have
moved onto a place down the loop, who
are bricking their crossover, are named
Comatos and Lacon? That they have

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'Mostly water', a new poem by Bonny Cassidy

Bonny Cassidy
Thursday, 27 February 2014

In winter the garden
like the back of our mind

a faint young sun.

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'Ode to the Metro', a new poem by Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright
Thursday, 27 February 2014

There’s a still point in the afternoon
when the cross-eyed dogs
in the smudged pet-shop window
are a distraction:

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'Smell', a new poem by Thomas Shapcott

Thomas Shapcott
Thursday, 27 February 2014

Underneath everything we touch is the smell
Of something too obvious to express
And yet we say there is nothing, nothing at all.

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