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.


Philip Gross
from Something Like The Sea

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch
After the Earthquake • The Language of Doors

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch
Vive la Résistance!

Mark Waldron
The Life-cycle of the Fly

Sasha Dugdale
Out of Town

Federico García Lorca
San Gabriel

Annie Katchinska
Tawpie • Kvass

Fiona Sampson
from The Illustrated Bestiary

Jamie McKendrick
First and Last • First and Last ‘He Digesteth Harde Yron’

Jamie McKendrick
King Billy’s Nemesis

Antonio Porchia

D Nurkse
Letter from Ivrea • The Island in Autumn

Martyn Crucefix
The little dances

Richard Meier
A hopeless gardener thanks his wife • Opening and closing of the double-glazed man

Nichola Deane
My Moriarty

Lan Lan
You Are • Newlywed • Will There Be a Tree

Jemma Borg
A Short Treatise on a Squid

Ian Cartland

Jane Draycott
Street View

Lia Brooks
Mouse Catcher in the Hay

Hélène Gelèns
corner time

Robert Saxton
The Doll’s House

Sinéad Morrissey
Imaginary Day-trip with My Mother to Craigavon

David Lehman
Ghost Story

Anne Stevenson
How It Is

Claire Malroux
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

Faithful or Free
D M Black on Peter Robinson’s Poetry and Translation and new translations by Marilyn Hacker and others

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.

Missing Figures
Todd Swift on the return to print of Bernard Spencer and ASJ Tessimond.

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