Spring 2018: Issue 89

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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.

Spring 2016: Issue 83

The Spring 2016 issue of Poetry London brings you significant selections of new work from eminent US, UK and Australian poets, including Sharon Olds, Michael Longley and John Kinsella, alongside a feature-length set of poems from Mark Waldron and a new, expansive work from Heather Phillipson. Elsewhere, Liz Berry, Sophie Collins and Martha Sprackland rub shoulders with Mischa Foster Poole and Jacob Polley and we travel from Battersea Bridge, with Annie Katchinska, to Washington State, courtesy of Kris Johnson.

Poetry as a force for change and as a means of expression for the excluded is a recurring theme in this issue’s features and reviews section, which opens with a powerful essay on poetry as witness from Ian Duhig and an interview with US poet Philip Levine. In addition Kayombo Chingonyi writes on Claudia Rankine, first collections are reviewed by Luke Kennard and Bill Herbert, Julia Bird explores poetry and comics and there are reviews of Chinese and Japanese poets in translation.