Editorial by Maurice Riordan, Poetry Editor
I read recently that among the Tuareg the traditional job of the poet is to remember the names and the whereabouts of the water holes.


Phillis Levin
On Betrayal

Phillis Levin
That Morning

Sarah Hannah
Westwood Lodge, 1980–1990 • First Singing Lesson Ever, at Forty • Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Sarah Hannah
Greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia)

Colette Bryce
The Residents • A Spider • On Not Finding the Angelry

Todd Hearon
Last Look

Susan Wicks
Gods • Pistachios

Eva Salzman
Theme and Variations

Philip Gross
Designs for the Water Garden • Severn Song

Jane Duran
Boatland • Morphology

Padraig Rooney
The Valley • Rome, Night • The Sand School

Stephen Sandy
Jerome • The Field Glasses

Tony Williams
Reproductive Behaviour of the Dark • The Fence

Lydia Macpherson

Charles Bennett
Thaw • Pond Life

Kathryn Simmonds
The World Won’t Miss You for a While • Talking to Yourself • Shoestring Dialogues

John Goodby
The First Night • Paul Batchelor • The Butcher’s Daughter

Moniza Alvi
The Ride • King Agenor

Jo Shapcott
Competition 2007 Judge’s Report

Christine Webb: first prize
Seven Weeks

Mick Wood: second prize

Caroline Bird: third prize
Wild Flowers

Emily Berry: commended
The Incredible History of Patient M

Matthew Caley: commended
The Bluff

Christina Dunhill: commended

Linda Chase: commended

Reviews & Features

Whispers of Heavenly Death
DM Black salutes Celan and Kinnell

Setting out on the Poetic Path
David Constantine examines three contrasting first collections from Melanie Challenger, Annie Freud and Sharon Morris

A London School
Carol Rumens on two show-case anthologies

New Premisses Required
WN Herbert considers the constancy of pleasure in Alan Gillis, Fiona Sampson and Lynne Wycherley

Speaking from Landscape
Katy Evans-Bush delves into contrasting Modernisms in Frances Presley and WS Merwin

The First XI
Kate Bingham gathers the best of this year’s pamphlets

A New Planet Swims into our Ken
Kathryn Maris talks to Ruth Borthwick about an event on the poetry horizon

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