The Spring 2022 issue of Poetry London includes a generous selection of new work by our featured author, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, as well as poems by Romalyn Ante, Natalie Linh Bolderston, Gboyega Odubanjo, Oksana Vasyakina, LeAnne Howe, Mona Kareem, and Robert Selby.

Other highlights include translations from Ukrainian, Greek and Russian and two featured essays, namely Cynthia L. Haven on the California life of the Nobel Laureate Czesław Miłosz (1911 – 2004), who spent over half his life in the Golden State following his escape from Stalinist Poland, followed by Ben Wilkinson‘s thoughts on Don Paterson’s poem ‘The Lie’, excerpted from Wilkinson’s monograph on the acclaimed Scottish poet.

This issue is also privileged to carry two very special conversations: the first sees Dante Micheaux interview Carl Phillips just as the latter, one of the most acclaimed American poets of his generation, publishes his debut volume in the UK, while the second is an exclusive conversation between Julia Copus and Selima Hill, the record of an exchange of snail-mail letters conducted across the spring of 2021. Elsewhere in the issue Nicole Jashapara considers two new anthologies of the poetic responses to the ongoing climate crisis, probing the limits of ecopoetry, while Sana Goyal examines three debuts that explore terror, hunger and belonging across the Arab world.

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Editorial by Dai George


Carl Phillips The Closing Hour / Troubadours

Dante Micheaux Glasgow

Mona Kareem Dying Like A Statue

Derrick Austin Listening to Björk’s Vespertine for Twenty Hours Straight

Natalie Linh Bolderston [deadlink] /[                                ] on Cassette

John Kinsella Argonautica Less than Heroes

Jim Moore Nothing More

Maya C. Popa Les Neiges D’Antan

Adam Kirsch Wildwood

Aaron Kent Hovercraft as a Verb

Gboyega Odubanjo Gun Talk

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin Let me explain / War time / What happened next?

Cathy Galvin Ethnology

Gregory Djanikian Without Us

Daniele Nunziata Weather Report, 1974

ko ko thett Child waiters

Marianne Boruch The Heart is Heavy But Not With Blood

Robert Selby Part 1, IV, from The Kentish Rebellion

LeAnne Howe Bethany on Route 66

Miltos Sachtouris The Letters

Rory Waterman Alcoholic Dementia

Vasyl Stus The Lord Has Started Being Born Within Me

Ioannis Kalkounos The Night Shift at the Tolls

Haris Vlavianos A White Brushstroke

James Byrne from Places you Leave [Mexico City – Puebla – Mexico City]

Daniele Pantano Birth Certificate [Counterquestions]

Kathleen Ossip Words on a Monument

Romalyn Ante Agimat

Oksana Vasyakina What I Know About Violence

Featured Essays and Reviews

The Golden Lion in The Room. Dante Micheaux interviews Carl Phillips

‘I Did Not Choose California, it Was Given to Me’. Cynthia L Haven on Czesław Miłosz

The War Is Everywhere. Sana Goyal on three debuts that explore terror, hunger and belonging across the Arab world

Enmeshment. Nicole Jashapara on two new anthologies of the climate crisis

Mythical Frequencies. Dominic Leonard on three collections rich with layered histories and music

Instead, Let’s Say. Genevieve Stevens on three collections charged with quests, suffering and wonder

Tell Me Lies. Ben Wilkinson On Don Paterson’s ‘The Lie’

Telling You The Truth, As Best I Can. Selima Hill and Julia Copus in correspondence

Notes on Contributors

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