The Spring 2016 issue of Poetry London brings you significant selections of new work from eminent US, UK and Australian poets, including Sharon Olds, Michael Longley and John Kinsella, alongside a feature-length set of poems from Mark Waldron and a new, expansive work from Heather Phillipson. Elsewhere, Liz Berry, Sophie Collins and Martha Sprackland rub shoulders with Mischa Foster Poole and Jacob Polley and we travel from Battersea Bridge, with Annie Katchinska, to Washington State, courtesy of Kris Johnson.

Poetry as a force for change and as a means of expression for the excluded is a recurring theme in this issue’s features and reviews section, which opens with a powerful essay on poetry as witness from Ian Duhig and an interview with US poet Philip Levine. In addition Kayombo Chingonyi writes on Claudia Rankine, first collections are reviewed by Luke Kennard and Bill Herbert, Julia Bird explores poetry and comics and there are reviews of Chinese and Japanese poets in translation.



Editorial by Tim Dooley, Reviews Editor
Yes, I can


Heather Phillipson

Mark Waldron
No Moose
The Shoes of a Clown
So I was at home doing the washing up
A Glib
No More Mr Nice Guy
As though we hoped to be forgiven

Sharon Olds
Reading Philip Hodgins at 40,000 Feet
Phobia of Red

Liz Berry
from Marble Mountain

Luke Kennard
Television Knows no Night

John Kinsella
Barnancleeve Gap Erotics
Neolithic Copper Mines: Locations as Marked
Looking Back to Mt Macedon and ‘Hanging Rock’ from Jam Tree Gully

Jacob Polley
The Commission

Fiona Moore

Kris Johnson
After the Ceremony
We Have Kissed the Four-Legged Gods Goodnight
To Please the Gods

Mischa Foster Poole
from Week of Kindness

Sophie Collins
A Course in Miracles
Poor Clare

Annie Katchinska
Alice/A great girl like you

Martha Sprackland
Seven Years’ Love
Three dreams about a sinkhole
from Love songs to the Shark
Agricultural Ditch
Open House

Michael Longley
The Poets

Reviews & Features

Essay: To Witness
Ian Duhig on poetry’s responsibilities

Interview: Honouring the Human
Philip Levine talks to Ahren Warner

Reviews: Racism’s Metre and Rhyme
Kayombo Chingonyi on Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

Patterned and Paired
WN Herbert on symmetrical first collections by Jack Underwood and Rebecca Perry

Flame in the Skin
Luke Kennard on candid first collections from AK Blakemore and Andrew McMillan

No Apologies
Vidyan Ravinthiran finds Don Paterson, AB Jackson and Kate Bingham unafraid of ‘the poetic’

Our Ordinary Story
Siobhan Cambell on Matthew Siegel, Maggie Sawkins and Jo Bell’s worldly poetry

Branching Channels
George Szirtes on modernist procedures used by Donna Stonecipher, SJ Fowler and Sophie Mayer

Where Marvel meets Marvell
Julia Bird on an anthology devoted to poetry and comics

Alison Brackenbury on posthumous collections by Martin Richards, Stanley Cook and Ann Atkinson

Walking to Jupiter
Jennifer Wong on the place of the personal for Lan Lan, Wang Xiaoni and Marilyn Chin

The Journey to Words
Chris Beckett & Isao Miura on the life’s work of Shuntarõ Tanikawa

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