Poetry London Mentoring Scheme

Poetry London is offering the chance for three talented poets to receive a year of free one to one mentoring from leading poets, and friends of Poetry London, Vahni Capildeo, …

Free running

A student at the Poetry School (whose day job is as a magazine journalist) recently remarked to me that her interest in poetry came from it being a form of …

Many Bird Roast

I came in, dandy and present arguing for a moratorium on meat of the kind splayed out on the table, legs akimbo like a fallen-over ice skater skidding on her …

Kissing Edwin Morgan

seems uncanny because he is gay and I am straight and because the day is especially cold. A hungry kisser, kissing him brings out the hive that is him. A …

john

i do not know my grandfather, who is a famous photographer who works primarily in black and white. although i know he is not a large man, i think of …

A new empathy

In Poésie et photographie – perhaps his last major essay before his death in July this year – Yves Bonnefoy turned to explore ‘the impact of the first photographs on …

The Littlest Giant

In the bolted summer grass, he’s just another over-grown boy fiddling the stem of his pen, sipping a cup of tea.                 The …

I Watched a Soldier Aim as the Deaf Boy

I watched a soldier aim as the deaf boy took iron and fire in his mouth – his face on the asphalt, that map of bone and opened valves. It …

mineral intimacy

unabashedly love the minerals of you / I always was a wind-fuckèd gull for the White Cliffs pressd hard & lithic between the lower elements of yr lips / When …

Poetry London awarded Catalyst Evolve funding for 2016-19

Poetry London is delighted to announce that it has been awarded Catalyst Evolve funding for 2016-19. Out of the 140 organisations awarded the grant, only 6 are literature organisations and Poetry London is …

Ancrene Wisse (commended poem: 2016 competition)

                                                                                         for homeless women everywhere OUTER RULE I : Of Devotions They have shaggy quads and, down inside their cowboy boots at least one cloven hoof, and, under silk that …

Colonsay (commended poem: 2016 competition)

From a certain    position it is possible to see a strange          agitation of light as sliding          frames and the slight adjustments of         falling rain assumed into the sea …