Martha Sprackland talks to James Conor Patterson

Poetry London regularly dedicates a third of its pages to poets who are new to the magazine. Here, Poetry Editor Martha Sprackland chats to Poetry London first-timer James Conor Patterson, whose wonderful poem …

From These Feelings of Futurelessness

Matthew James Holman on two poets imagining the world to come Peter Gizzi Sky Burial: New & Selected Poems Carcanet £14.99 Sean Bonney Our Death Commune Editions $20 Commonly practised in …

To Prime a Palimpsest

Mary Jean Chan on three collections that centre female responses to history and trauma Mimi Khalvati Afterwardness Carcanet £9.99 Jacqueline Saphra Dad, Remember You Are Dead Nine Arches £9.99 Kate Noakes …

A Taste, a Touch, a Want

Victoria Adukwei Bulley interviews Natalie Diaz in a time of lockdown VAB: I’d love to begin by asking you this: what is a poem? ND: A poem is like a hand – the …

The Changing Mountain

Stephen Sexton on the mutable parameters of elegy Hail starts its patter and John joins me in the gazebo. I don’t know John, but we will talk, and thereafter nod hello …

Perennial

Oakley Flanagan I once thought we had fought to become entitled to love & divorce; leave the parade, go home mindless. I was near senseless, forgetting what we’d inherited. See, …

The Owl

Maya C Popa Took off from the field again away from you and back in my direction. We share an owl now – we did not mean for this to …

The Mystic

Raymond Antrobus The lightbulb in The Mystic’s living room is reluctant. The pink laminated sofa looks like a fat dick in a greasy condom. The Mystic sits in the deck …

Editorial: I Stayed Inside A Known City

Martha Sprackland ‘We just watched. A pandemic was always at the top of our national risk register – always – but when it came we just slowly watched. We could …