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Editorial by Tim Dooley, Reviews Editor
London’s South Bank Centre is celebrating the Festival of Britain’s sixtieth anniversary this summer. In the summer of 1951 Poetry London marked the festival with a special issue.
from Something Like The Sea
After the Earthquake • The Language of Doors
Vive la Résistance!
The Life-cycle of the Fly
Out of Town
Federico García Lorca
Tawpie • Kvass
from The Illustrated Bestiary
First and Last • First and Last ‘He Digesteth Harde Yron’
King Billy’s Nemesis
Letter from Ivrea • The Island in Autumn
The little dances
A hopeless gardener thanks his wife • Opening and closing of the double-glazed man
You Are • Newlywed • Will There Be a Tree
A Short Treatise on a Squid
Mouse Catcher in the Hay
The Doll’s House
Imaginary Day-trip with My Mother to Craigavon
How It Is
from Poems for the Absent One
Reviews & Features
The Foreigner Within
W N Herbert on David Wheatley, Jane Duran, David Harsent and the search for home
Equal to the Moon
Jenny Lewis on Ruth Fainlight’s singular work.
Incarnations of the Wild
Sue Hubbard on poets David Morley, Les Murray and Lynne Hjelmgaard showing the world afresh
Adventures in Ventriloquism
Helen Mort on the difficulty of speaking the truth in collections by Martyn Crucefix, Jackie Kay and Craig Raine
Wallflowers in the Spotlight
Kathryn Maris on retrospective collections from Matthew Sweeney and Anne-Marie Fyfe.
Clap Hands and Sing
Jane Holland has mixed feelings about first collections by Anna Woodford, Heidi Williamson and Katharine Towers.
Matters of Form
Ellen Cranitch on pamphlets, chapbooks and smaller collections by Claire Crowther and others.
Todd Swift on the return to print of Bernard Spencer and ASJ Tessimond.