Autumn 2015: Issue 82


The Autumn 2015 issue of Poetry London brings together a significant selection from David Harsent’s Salt, new poems by the likes of Ian Duhig, Rachael Allen, Fiona Sampson, Emily Critchley and W.N. Herbert, translations from contemporary Dutch, Chinese and Greek poets, new work from Sean O’Brien and an exciting new text from the US poet Andrew Durbin. The issue also includes the prize-winning poems from our 2015 competition.

In the Reviews and Features section Sarah Howe writes on the ‘feel of thinking’ in poetry, drawing on work by Donne, John Ashbery and Denise Riley; Kathryn Maris interviews New Zealand laureate Bill Manhire; Michael Hulse reviews Sean O’Brien’s latest collection; John Clegg responds to recent work by JH Prynne and Helen Mort writes on poetry and landscape. Plus pamphlets, first collections, poets as critics and more.

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Editorial by Ahren Warner, Poetry Editor
What is Poetry?


David Harsent
from Salt
Andrew Durbin
from My Love Don’t Cost a Thing
Matthew Gregory
Palms at Anacapri | A portrait of Matteo Londardi | Links
Edward Doegar
A Matter of Manners
Daisy Lafarge
‘I don’t understand the world you’ve created.’
Emily Critchley
Salutation to Poetry Untitled (Fear Poem)
Sean Ashton
Hello-Goodbye in Gethsemane
Sean O’Brien
Hence Loathèd Melancholy | Zorn
John Challis
The Love
Hugh Foley
Fiona Sampson
Dante’s Cave | Bear Dancing
W N Herbert
Follow Me | Lion in a Side Car Kalighat | Byron’s Mask
Polly Clark
Her Kind
Nicola Nathan
Thumbelina’s Reflection on Perspective and Trees
Panayotis Ioannidis
Burning Candles
Ian Duhig
A Picnic | Contracted Silences
Zhang Zao
West Lake Dream | Homeland
Moniza Alvi
The Egg and the Dream
Maarten Inghels
Visit No.12 620
Susan Wicks
Poinsettia | Hanged Man
Fran Lock
On Trauma
Rachael Allen
Berks with Money

Competition 2015
Glyn Maxwell
Competition 2015: Judge’s Report
Geraldine Clarkson
His Wife in the Corner
Jamie Walsh
The Static
Paul Carney
A Room in the City

Commended Poems
Kit Buchan
the crooked biography written in jail
Martha Sprackland
Mark Haworth-Booth
I’ll trade you
Abigail Parry
The Negative

Reviews & Features

Essay: The Feel of Thinking
Sarah Howe on thinking in poetry
Interview: Bathed in Smiles of Glee
Bill Manhire talks to Kathryn Maris
Ruined Temples at the Heart
Michael Hulse finds Sean O’Brien winning out against the tedium vitae
We’ll Photograph Everything
John Clegg brings light to the ‘obscure small epics’ of JH Prynne
My Signature and Trade
John McCullough on new collections from John Ashbery and Mark Doty
Controlled Chaos
Clare Pollard on themed collections from Simon Barraclough, Christopher Reid and Annie Freud
The Less Consoled
Helen Mort on poetry and landscape in new collections from Peter Riley and Blake Morrison
Trigger to Many Connections
Adam Piette on the multiple selvings of FT Prince and Tom Raworth
Balls, Breaths and Borogoves
Chrissy Williams on individual collections by Tom Chivers, Mario Petrucci and Claire Crowther
What Makes It Necessary?
Ellen Cranitch on pamphlets by Mark Fiddes,Alan Jenkins, Jacqueline Saphra and others
Who are ‘We’?
Caleb Klaces on Don Paterson and Michael Hofmann as poet-critics
Flaunting Their Living Names
Declan Ryan contrasts the poetry of Frances Leviston and Tim Liardet
Finding Their Place
Kate Bingham on first collections by Kim Moore, Shazea Quraishi and Sarah Howe