The Autumn issue of Poetry London showcases new work from Mimi Khalvati, Anthony Anaxagorou, Karen Solie, and Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, among many others, including the winning poems of the Poetry London Clore Prize.

We also feature poetry in translation, from Bulgarian, Galician, Romanian, and Russian, and voices from both sides of the Atlantic.

In the feature essay, Karen Solie surveys the field of poetry in an era of climate catastrophe. Meanwhile, Karen McCarthy Woolf interviews Ishion Hutchinson about islands and cultures of the sea.

In reviews, Nisha Ramayya examines three books at the intersection of feminism and the occult. We also cover new collections by Jane Yeh, Jonathan Edwards and Layli Long Soldier.

Discover more from this issue…



Editorial by Martha Sprackland
Cathedral Thinking


Mimi Khalvati
‘Petites Salissures’

Lucy Mercer
The minutes
of hexagram 17
Where’s Wally?
Baby Alphabet: Mother Alphabet

Annie Fan

Karen Solie

Fee Griffin
Weir Trollies

Simon Armitage
from New Cemetery

Lila Matsumoto
Right of way
Also delicious
Geronimo’s house

Katy Kim

Anthony Anaxagorou
Things Already Lost

Sophie Klahr
Driving Through Oregon, Listening to the Radio
Driving Through Texas, Listening to the Radio

Joan Fleming
Dear John

Mukahang Limbu
Golden Shovel

Daniil Kharms
Pushkin and Gogol
The Optical Illusion

Kathryn Simmonds
The Night I Died

D Nurkse
At Mount Sinai

Emilian Galaicu-Păun
[in my arms her body trembled…]

Theresa Lola
Come back I am Water

Manuel Rivas
Five Emigrants

Maia Siegal
His Pregnancy Poem

Nadya Radulova
We will not sleep

Ishion Hutchinson
A London Epilogue

John McAuliffe
Blown Away

Sally Van Doren
Between the Bed and the Clock

Mona Arshi


1st prize: Roger Bloor
The Ghost of Molly Leigh Pleads, Yes Cries for Exemplarie Justice Against the Arbitrarie, Un-exampled Injustice of Her Accusers

2nd prize: Amaan Hyder

3rd prize: Anita Pati
Notes on Contributors

Reviews and Features

Sing It Again

Karen Solie on poetry in the age of climate crisis

Your Whole Blood System

Karen McCarthy Woolf talks to Ishion Hutchinson

Not a Secret Power

Nisha Ramayya on Francesca Lisette, MacGillivray and Rebecca Tamás

Speaking and Listening
Sarala Estruch on Hannah Lowe, Natalie Linh Bolderston, Nina Mingya Powles and L Kiew

The Facts of Our Lives
Kathryn Gray on Jonathan Edwards and Zoë Brigley

Staff-Wielding, Shouting
Gareth Farmer on innovative Welsh poetry

Physical Reminders
Dave Coates on Layli Long Soldier and Tommy Pico

The Poet as Witness
Leo Boix on Carolyn Forché

Even when joy is amputated
Alice Hiller on Fatimah Asghar, Theresa Lola and Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Amid the Damage
Jack Belloli on Geoffrey Hill, Ellen Hinsey and Fred D’Aguiar

Hybrid Creatures
Jake Morris-Campbell on Jen Campbell, Sarah Cave, Suzannah Evans and Isabel Galleymore

Consumption and Desire
Maryam Hessavi on Wayne Holloway-Smith, Emily Critchley and Jack Underwood

‘My words are buried deep’
Kate Potts on Jane Yeh, Julia Copus and J O Morgan

Subscribe to Poetry London

Subscribe today!