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.

Discover more from this issue…



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

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