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.

Discover more from this issue…



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

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