The Passionate Transitory

Sam Riviere  81 Austerities Faber £9.99 William Letford  Bevel Carcanet £9.95 Oli Hazzard  Between Two Windows Carcanet £9.95 Andrew Bailey  Zeal Enitharmon £9.99   Internet, you have ruined poetry. Must I list the ways? …

An Easy Day for a Lady

The Grépon has disappeared. Of course, there are still some rocks standing there, but as a climb it no longer exists. Now that it has been done by two women …

Poetry Matters

Poetry London started life back in 1988 as Poetry London Newsletter, produced with the aid of an Amstrad PCW and intermittent access to a photocopier. It was a project born of enthusiasm …

The Willow Pattern

Observe my delicate Koong-see, whey-faced beside the lattice fence and warming in her palm my gift of an ivory bead.   In the palace garden’s midnight blue the apple tree …

Blasket Sound (3rd prize: 2012 Competition)

You’re hugged to my chest in a buoyancy aid called this is not a Life-jacket, comfortable in your skin, in the small, Aran woollen which still holds the animal smell of …

The Fish (2nd prize: 2012 Competition)

Community Panchayal directs rape accused to marry victim – Press Trust of India, November 2004   She can remove her bra and panties beneath the tent of a salwar kameez …

What are poets for?

‘Who wants poets in lean years?’ That was how Michael Hamburger translated the phrase ‘wozu Dichter in dürftiger Zeit?’, from Hölderlin’s poem ‘Bread and Wine’. ‘What are poets for in …

History and Geography

Mark Ford (Editor) London: A History In Verse Bellknap/Harvard $35.00 Jackie Kay, James Procter and Gemma Robinson (Editors) Out of Bounds: British Black & Asian Poets Bloodaxe £12.00   In …

Competition 2012: Judge’s Report – Neil Astley

The process of judging a poetry competition can feel like a bombardment: hundreds of poems all clamouring for attention, almost crying out Choose me! I’m the poem you want! It’s something of …

The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out

The perspective is unfamiliar. We hadn’t looked back driving in and lingered too long at the viewpoint. It was a prime-of-life experience. Many things we know by their effects: void …

Bird (1st prize: 2012 Competition)

When I became a bird, Lord, nothing could not stop me.   The air feathered as I knelt by my open window for the charm – black on gold, last …

Reshaping the Fable

Somhairle Macgill-Eain (Sorley Maclean) Caoir Gheal Leumraich / White Leaping Flame: Collected Poems (Edited by Christopher Whyte and Emma Dymock) Polygon £25.00   Gaelic for Scots who do not speak …

2012 Competition: Commended Poems

Rosalind Hudis Rupture   There are days she stares at the kettle, but can’t retrieve ts connection to water. Or days when the dry bristles of her brush remind her …