The Spring issue features poems from Fred D’Aguiar, Daisy Lafarge, Dorothea Lasky, and Matthew Dickman. An essay by Will Harris explores the complexities of writing poetry from a particular moral vantage point, in a vital contribution to the debate about identity and the limits of craft that is shaping our critical moment. The interview sees Leo Boix talk to Fred D’Aguiar about his literary pantheon, on the eve of publishing his seventh collection, Translations from Memory. Meanwhile, our critics review new collections by Jericho Brown, Andrew McMillan, Raymond Antrobus, Kathryn Maris and Liz Berry. The issue closes with a moving tribute to the recently departed Matthew Sweeney, from his friend and former Poetry London reviews editor Tim Dooley.

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Editorial by Ahren Warner
On the affirmative


Heather Phillipson
hankering incarnate & the apocryphal sputum bath-craze

Daisy Lafarge
The Daughter Channel

Sholeh Wolpé
from The Abacus of Loss

Sam Riviere
from The Epigrams of Martial

Matthew Dickman
Airplane Above My Bed

Sean O’Brien

Rachael Allen
from Dig

Fred D’Aguiar
Sun Rises in Mid-City, LA

Fiona Sampson
Line, Manticore

Dorothea Lasky
The afterlife
The Anxiety Essay
Neon Void

Yu Xiang

Jacob Polley
Once Upon Us

Mark Waldron
Sixteen Found Dogs

Kit Fan
Green Snake

Michael Dickman
Butterfly Days
Mom’s Dogs

Wayne Holloway-Smith
Exposition Of Certain Types Of Social Isolation Using One Semi-Well-Made Choice Of Words Brett Dennen The Feelgood Pop Singer Has Sung
Keep the Friends
Notes on Contributors

Reviews and Features

The Ethics of Perspective
Will Harris on poetry and the moral subject

A Radical History of the World
Fred D’Aguiar talks to Leo Boix

Communality and Consequence
Helen Charman on Jericho Brown and Toby Martinez de las Rivas

What is the Language Using Us For?
Zoë Brigley Thompson on W S Graham

To Feel Held
Victoria Adukwei Bulley on Raymond Antrobus, Zaffar Kunial and Sohini Basak

As They Are
Jack Parlett on Andrew McMillan and David Tait

John Clegg on Don Paterson

Traversing Borders of Air
Zakia Carpenter-Hall on Richard Georges and Loretta Collins Klobah

Slow Time
Evan Jones on Marianne Burton, Nick Laird and Kathryn Maris

Then and Now, Here and There
Humphrey Astley on Fiona Moore, Philip Hancock and Josephine Corcoran

Strange Shifting Navigations
Lucy Mercer on Helen Charman, Ella Frears, Holly Corfield Carr and Liz Berry

A Mock-Innocent Eye
Tim Dooley remembers Matthew Sweeney

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