Autumn 2016: Issue 85


The autumn 2016 issue of Poetry London presents significant selections of new work from Daisy Lafarge, Glyn Maxwell, Vahni Capildeo, Robert Herbert McClean, Fiona Benson and, new to the magazine, the Ukrainian American poet Ilya Kaminsky. The issue also offers new poems from Kayombo Chingonyi, Wayne Holloway-Smith, John Kinsella and the brilliant American poet D.A. Powell. Newcomers to the magazine include Stav Poleg and Elizabeth Scanlon.

Reviews and Features include Chrissy Williams’s interview with the Dickman brothers, Mark Waldron on rubbish, Chris McCabe on the written word, Kayombo Chingonyi on Ian Duhig and Vahni Capildeo, and Claire Crowther on Denise Riley. Plus first collections and pamphlets.

The issue also includes all of the prizewinning poems from this year’s Poetry London Competition.

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Editorial by Ahren Warner, Poetry Editor
A new empathy 


Vahni Capildeo
Fiona Benson
White Nose Disease
Eurofighter Typhoon
Ilya Kaminsky
Deafness Passes Through Alfonso like a Police Whistle
I watched a Soldier Aim as the Deaf Boy
Six Minutes Later, Alfonso
We Watch Them Take Alfonso
Patrick Brandon
Amy Acre
Fruit Knife
Robert Herbert McClean
from riffage beastings
Daisy Lafarge
what Sister Weema avowed
mineral intimacy
anywhere except trees
Elizabeth Scanlon
More Hound than Not
Kayombo Chingonyi
Broom hall
Fisherman’s Song
Chris McCabe
Clatter bridge
Chip forks
You’ll end up with a fat bunny
Stav Poleg
The River
Alice Miller
Born Breathing
Wessie du Toit
Swoon for community
D A Powell
The Littlest Giant
Glyn Maxwell
The White
Disney’s Island
John Kinsella
Hurricane Lamps
Wayne Holloway-Smith
I hope this will explain everything
The Language
He Left the Body as Fluids
Competition 2016
Sean O’Brien: Judge’s Report
Jon Stone
The Self-Made Man
Oona Chantrell
The Bittern
Robert Stein
The Discovery of Neptune by John Couch Adams, 1845

Reviews & Features

Essay: Transgressing the Boundaries
Mark Waldron talking rubbish

Interview: Rooting for Language
Matthew and Michael Dickman talk to Chrissy Williams

Where are you, my Child
Claire Crowther on Denise Riley’s elegiac masterpiece

The Weapons of Rhetoric
John Clegg brings a necessary impertinence to reading John Kinsella

Immaterial and Material Landscapes
Isabel Galleymore on the differing visions of Alice Oswald and Alison Brackenbury

Steps along the Road
Kayombo Chingonyi on mid-career work by Ian Duhig and Vahni Capildeo

Pushing Through to Redemption
Dai George finds Luke Kennard and Helen Mort exceeding the expectations they create

Impressive Plurality
Edward Doegar on four first collections by Jen Calleja, William Wooten, Erica McAlpine and Amali Rodrigo

Journeys of the Mind
Julia Bird on real and imagined places in the work of John McCullough, John Clegg and Claire Trévien

Drowning in Ourselves
Emma Hammond on honesty in Matthew Caley, Linda Black, Todd Swift and Geraldine Monk’s new collections

Names in Mankind’s Mouth
Chris McCabe on Nicolas Barker’s history of poetry as a written form

Safer than the Land
Katy Evans-Bush on recent chapbooks by Warsan Shire, Christopher Reid and others