Spring 2018: Issue 89


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.

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Editorial by Wayne Holloway-Smith, Guest Poetry Editor
Something on Listening


Danez Smith
Ooooh, you look like
Selima Hill
Having Sex
The Edge of Town
From the Bed She Watches
Cats with Spots
Kim Kyung Ju
Strength of Testimony
Ruth Padel
Tuning Your Lyre Among the Shades
Isla Anderson
interview with what I could have done
interview with 3 men knocking down your wall
Natalie Shapero
Don’t Sorry Me
Rebecca Tamás
cunt hex
Adil Hussain
Marlene Tissot
Finding myself in transports
More and more uproar
Tara Bergin
Description of a Vision
Mary & Felicity
The Old Man from Galilee
Lieke Marsman
One Morning
One Afternoon
Zeina Hashem Beck
Triptych: You & My Country & I
Sarah Fletcher
Amy Key
I do not need the sea to love me back
Leontia Flynn
In the beginning
I can’t say I love you: after Catullus 14
Jane Yeh
The Detectives
A Short History of Night
Matthew Welton
Poem in a single breath
Emma Jeremy
Safety Behaviour
Hieu Minh Nguyen
Mary Jean Chan
the five stages
Fiona Benson
Extracts from Zeus
Abi Palmer
Try Again

Reviews & Features

Nisha Ramayya
On Radical Tenderness
Andrea Brady talks to Andrew Spragg
A Place of Man that Man Forgoes
Jack Belloli on Sean Borodale, Sasha Dugdale and Mai Der Vang
Survival Is Not a Theory
Lindsay Turner on Audre Lorde
Against All Odds to be Buoyant
Srishti Krishnamoorthy-Cavell on Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Karen McCarthy Woolf and John Wedgwood Clarke
Passages of Return
Ronald Cummings on Richard Georges and Ishion Hutchinson
Salve to Exile
Momtaza Mehri on Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf
Myriads of Miniature Cascades
Tim Dooley on Chris Torrance
Spitten Over the Rim of Broken Teeth
Robert Kiely on D S Marriott
Calamity and Struggle
Mary Jean Chan on Caroline Bird, Dainel Roy Connelly and Rebecca Gayle Howell
A Kind of Balance of Power
Charlotte Newman on Sylvia Plath
Home is Relative
Jennifer Wong on Zosia Kuczyńska and Sean Wai Keung