It’s early winter. I’ve just been for a walk in a field. It’s part of the large estate that surrounds my home – a rented, retired 1830s farmhouse – and, as far as Lancashire fields go, it’s a green and pleasant one. The effectual fencing is wire, but there are drystone walls, long-ago laid hedges […]
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Let Me Tell You What I Saw

Shara Atashi finds that the cruelty of war is a universal theme in this dual language Arabic-English long poem written by a soldier of the Iraq war, and makes broader comparisons with English and American war poetry and fiction

PUBLISHED ON: 30/03/22

CATEGORY: Essays, Reviews

The effect of this long poem (an abridged dual-language Arabic-English version of the 550-page poem ‘Uruk’s Anthem’) could be described as a shellshoc …

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The Listening Project

Ed Garland is inspired by a hybrid form of fiction built from and creatively perceived through restricted signals, exploring varieties of listening and sensory experience

PUBLISHED ON: 01/03/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Listening Project follows the life of a woman called Imogen, whose difficulties arise both from her hearing loss and from family tensions over her …

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Grand Larcenies: Translations and Imitations of Ten Dutch Poets

The translator’s aim is the creation of a natural artefact in the target language, Scott Emblen-Jarrett writes of this collection inspired by Minhinnick’s The Adulterer's Tongue

PUBLISHED ON: 01/03/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

As a translator, the question of untranslatability is a topic that I often find rearing its head, especially when it comes to poetry, a genre that for …

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When the Swimming Pool Fell in the Sea

The immediacy of Carole Coates’ poems reads as a diary kept in real time, on subjects of illness, memory and grief, writes Ellie Rees

PUBLISHED ON: 22/02/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

This is where the story which is a true story changes and the third person becomes an unrepentant ‘I’.   Carole Coates’ When the Swimming Pool Fell in …

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Auscultation

Ellie Rees is startled and intrigued by a selection of poems that separates into explorations of inner and outer states, of the animal and the human body

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

The front cover is tempting: a mysterious title, Auscultation, a quotation that describes the collection as ‘unique and utterly original’ and an image …

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Odetta in Babylon and the Canada Express

PUBLISHED ON: 25/01/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Published in 1968, twelve years after Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, Gregorio Kohon’s Odetta in Babylon and the Canada Express was, if not quite a landmark, t …

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Forms of Exile: Selected Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva

Filip Noubel admires a translation of a prolific Russian poet for whom exile is home

PUBLISHED ON: 08/11/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Poetry is the place where meaning remains an open question. When engaging with a poem, the reader is offered a rare gift: the freedom to interpret con …

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Inhale / Exile

Shara Atashi hails a vigorous poetry collection, epic in proportions and in theme: the history of war-torn Iraq

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/21

CATEGORY: Essays, Reviews

Abeer Ameer’s vigorous poetry collection Inhale/Exile is an epic and a storybook in one. Epic, because the single poems are pieces of a whole body, st …

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The History of Wales in Twelve Poems, A Last Respect: The Roland Mathias Prize Anthology of Contemporary Welsh Poetry

Chris Moss on two anthologies which prove that Welsh poetry in English is in robust health

PUBLISHED ON: 01/11/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

The art of the poetry anthology is a competitive arena. You have the celeb selections (Amis on Larkin, Cerys Matthews on her whims), the ‘authoritativ …

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