Poetry London is an arts charity and leading international poetry magazine where acclaimed contemporary poets share pages with exciting new names. Published three times a year in February, May and September, each issue contains new poetry, incisive reviews and features. Poetry London holds an annual poetry competition and launches each issue with readings from distinguished poet contributors to the magazine.

Spring 2018: Issue 89

The Spring 2018 issue of Poetry London offers new and exciting work from Selima Hill, Natalie Shapero, Leontia Flynn, Jane Yeh, Tara Bergin, Fiona Benson, and introduces Hieu Minh Nguyen with a brilliant long poem. This issue also presents poetry from the talented emerging voices of Mary Jean Chan, Emma Jeremy, Isla Anderson and Sarah Fletcher, alongside wonderful new translations of Kim Kyung Ju, Lieke Marsman, and Marlene Tissot.

In the features section, Nisha Ramayya’s ‘Threads’ responds conceptually to Sandeep Parmar’s ‘Lyric Violence, the Nomadic Subject and the Fourth Space’ (published in Poetry London 88). Continuing the notions of weaving in lyric poetry put forward by Parmar, Ramayya proposes a Tantric poetics of ‘multiple positions, directions, and movements’ in the face of structural divisions and hierarchies. With related concerns, Andrew Spragg and Andrea Brady discuss the value of love and radical tenderness in times of global catastrophe.

The reviews pages feature Lindsay Turner on pragmatism and difference in the work of activist-poet Audre Lorde, Momtaza Mehri on Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf’s powerful witness to refugee life, Srishti Krishanmoorthy-Cavell on books that work with water, weather and waste, and Robert Kiely on D S Marriott, grime and Mary Poppins.

Plus reviews of Chris Torrance, Sylvia Plath, Mai Der Vang, pamphlets, and more.

You can read a selection of poems and reviews from the issue here.

The poems in this issue were guest edited by Wayne Holloway-Smith, the essay, interview and reviews by Sam Buchan-Watts.

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Poetry London 2018 Competition Now Open

Entry to Poetry London’s 2018 competition is now open, and we are delighted to announce Kwame Dawes as this year’s judge.

Click here to read more, and to enter the competition.

Poetry London is pleased to announce the distinguished poet Kwame Dawes, as the judge of its new 2018 Poetry London Clore Prize. He is the author or twenty-one books of poetry, and numerous other works of fiction, criticism and essays.

Job Vacancy: Assistant Editor

Poetry London will soon be advertising for a new Assistant Editor. If you are interested in finding out more about this role, watch this space for further information soon.

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