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Review: Alice Oswald - Falling Awake
Is there a word more fitting for the cultural climate of Britain in 2016 than pandemonium? When Milton coined that word, it was to describe...
Review: Choman Hardi - Considering the Women
Considering the Women is impressive in the sense that it leaves its dent upon the reader. I came away from my first reading dizzied, imbalanced...
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Dr Pooky Knightsmith
You don't need to be a poet to write poetry, and you don't need to write 'good' poetry to get a lot out of it. I've found that the very...
The Many Frenemies of Luke Kennard
In the eleven years since Luke Kennard won the Eric Gregory Award for The Solex Brothers, he has released five collections, two pamphlets,...
Book Review: No Map Could Show Them by Helen Mort
In the poems which follow, Mort often uses pronouns to emphasise conflict between the female climbers and the male hegemony they are flouting;...
Book Review: Holy Toledo! by John Clegg
As the truism goes, we get our whole lives to write a debut, and considerably less to produce the follow up. As a result, second collections...
Review: Idiot Verse by Keaton Henson
"I am willing to pay due respect to the poetry of George Meredith, of Thomas Hardy, of DH Lawrence as part of their oeuvre, without conceding...
Simon Armitage's Translation of Pearl - Review
"If every person in the country was buying poetry and it was available on every street corner and when you turned on BBC 1 on Saturday...
The Advantage of Adversity: A Different Perspective on Depression
The one thing that running a business has taught me is that things are never constant. Things are never permanent. You cannot separate...
Writing Poetry for Addiction Recovery - A Case Study
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With her latest album, Lemonade, Beyoncé seems intent on disrupting that narrative. Let us not forget that Lady Macbeth disappears halfway...
The Wild Gaze
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Dreaming up a Good Nightlife
Feeling groggy and hung-over one morning recently -- though I had not had a drink for days, nor consumed sugar or refined carbs -- I remarked...
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