The Autumn 2018 issue features new poems from Rebecca Perry, Laura Elliott, David Harsent and Andrea Brady, as well as extracts from a new collaborative work between Vahni Capildeo and Chris McCabe, and the publication of poems from writer and visual artist Robert Herbert McClean’s filmwork Song for Ireland. The Autumn issue also includes poems from Poetry London Clore Prize winners Romalyn Ante, S K Kim, and Selima Hill.

The issues essay, by Daisy Lafarge, presents a searching contribution to the debate about contemporary poetry and motherhood. Meanwhile Jess Cotton interviews the American poet and astrologer Ariana Reines, covering topics that range from intimacy to resistance, and our critics review new collections by Vahni Capildeo, Mark Ford, Richard Scott, Tishani Doshi, Amy Key and many more.

Discover more from this issue…



Editorial by Dai George
The poem as a site for hospitality and care; the poem as a force for resistance


Rebecca Perry
The mother dream
lilac crest
white paint

Laura Elliott

Robert Herbert McClean
Motörhead Expression 0.1.06 –
Motörhead Expression 0.1.08 –
Motörhead Expression 0.1.09 –
Motörhead Expression 0.1.10 –

Jericho Brown

Andrea Brady
Clearing my head
St Lucy’s Day

Susan Wicks
Dear Crane,
Dear Crane,
Dear Crane,

Vona Groarke
Against Monotony
Against Disappointment
Against Melancholy

Matthew Caley
My Beautiful Comrade from The North

Becca Barniskis
‘Young America’
Too Bad For You

Vahni Capildeo and Chris McCabe
from Blackbox Testing
from Soft Oracle Machine

David Harsent
Two poems from Loss


Romalyn Ante

S K Kim
Children of the Revolution

Selima Hill
Notes on contributors

Reviews & Features

Wildly Unmothered
Daisy Lafarge on the poetics of motherhood

The Condition of Intimacy
Jess Cotton in conversation with Ariana Reines

Between Self and Other
Kim Moore on Vahni Capildeo

Wit, Memory and Invention
Anthony Caleshu on Mark Ford and Ailbhe Darcy

An Epidemic of the Heart
A K Blakemore on Richard Scott, Abigail Parry and Leah Umansky

Nocturnal Walks
Robert Selby on Robin Robertson and Matthew Sweeney

Bodies of Power and Vulnerability
Srishti Krishnamoorthy-Cavell on Tishani Doshi and Faisal Mohyuddin

Page as Stage
Kate Potts on Owen Sheers, Luke Wright and Amy McCauley

Space, Time and Things
Katy Evans-Bush on J R Carpenter, Emily Hasler and Paul Deaton

The World Splintering Outwards
Nicholas Murray on Esther Morgan and Martina Evans

Material Potential
Jade Cuttle on Maria Ferenčcuhová, Doris Kareva and Tadeusz Dąabrowski

Diffusion and Refraction
Kat Peddie on Carol Watts, Alex Houen and Lila Matsumoto

Instead of Love
Jenna Clake on Amy Key, Bobby Parker and Matthew Halliday

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