Editorial by Tim Dooley, Reviews Editor
The mourning of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish throughout the Arabic-speaking world reminds us how profoundly poetry can affect large and diverse groups of people.


Emma Jones

Emma Jones

Fabio Morabíto
In Limine to Federico Gaxiola • Hearts Are Quietly

Les Murray
Refusing Saul’s Armour • The Kiln Cavalry at Xian

Andrew Motion
The Old Head • A Garden in Japan • Coming in to Land

Judy Brown
The Blackmailer’s Wife Reads History and Considers the Nature of Guilt • The Long Game

Ruth Valentine
from Sea Fishing

Julian Turner
Fools • The Yoredale Beds

Ben Wilkinson
Sunday • Home

AF Harrold
Birder • On the Morning Sleeper • Watch • A Song to Food

Susan Burns
The Afterlife Club

Stephen Knight
Walking the Dead • New Town • Old Man up a Tree

Gillian Allnutt
Delft Lass • Sorrow • Ilse

Philip Gross
As the Man Said • Pax Pylonica • Pylon in the Mist • One Moment in the History of Pylons • Materials • Constitutional

Helen Mort

Carola Luther
Benjamin’s Pool • Crossing the Straits

Rhian Edwards
The Action

Jack Underwood
Wilderbeast • Theology

Daljit Nagra
from Cocky Sonnets

Competition 2008 Godfrey Ackers: first prize
The Canal Road

Sam Riviere: second prize
Hello, I’m visiting the area on behalf of Amnesty International

Patricia Hann: third prize
Sisters in a Wood

Kathleen Jamie:
Judge’s Report

Keith Francis: commendation

Kathy Miles: commendation
The Politics of Bees

Reviews & Features

Conversation Pieces
Philip Gross values space to think in collections by Jeffrey Wainwright, Carol Rumens and Robert Minhinnick

Rites of Passage
Kate Bingham introduces debut collections by Kathryn Simmonds, Katy Evans-Bush and Paul Batchelor

Lost on the Moon
Peter Porter brings the poetry of John Ashbery home to earth

Cheerleaders and Barometers
Sarah Crown on the art of the anthologist

The Lion for Real
George Szirtes on authority in the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Moniza Alvi and Paul Groves

Appropriating Form
Luke Kennard on new work by John Redmond, Stephen Romer and Linda Black

Gravitas Carried Lightly
Bernard O’Donoghue celebrates the work of Mick Imlah

Worth a Returning Glance
Todd Swift on new chapbooks and pamphlets

Poetry Cape Town: Storms and Hope
Isobel Dixon revisits her homeland of South Africa for Poetry London

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