Sarah Barr

Sarah Barr lives in Dorset and has recently set up a new Poetry Society Stanza group in Wimborne which she hopes local poets will enjoy coming to. She writes poetry…

Helen Jagger

Helen Jagger’s poems have been published in the UK, US and Australia.  She runs The Poetry Society’s North Cornwall Stanza, many poetry workshops and has facilitated the Indian King Poets. She was poet…

Kristiina Ehin

Kristiina Ehin is one of Estonia’s leading poets and is known throughout Europe for her poetry and short stories. She has an MA in Comparative and Estonian Folklore from the…

(Into)national Anthem

…gambling addictions are long to rain over us like hail. The miners and dockers that trudge through the shadows of cleaners and poets, and two-up-two-down, dropped Hs, ten kids-ers, speculating…

David Constantine

…is Elder (Bloodaxe, 2014). His co-translations include editions of Henri Michaux and Philippe Jaccottet in the Bloodaxe Contemporary French Poets series. He has also translated Goethe’s Faust for Penguin Classics….

Ann Drysdale

Ann Drysdale received second prize in the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘New Fruit’. Her collections include Backwork (Peterloo Poets, 2002) and Quaintness and Other Offences (Cinnamon, 2009)….

Topical Tip

“My vegetable love should grow…” and Marvellous to note a mind so elevated touch upon a thing as lowly for Love’s likeness.        (Hull’s a home to peas and poets.)…

Eleanor Hooker

…Cyphers. In 2016 she was included as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets.  She lives in North Tipperary, Ireland, with her husband Peter and two sons….

Julie-ann Rowell

…Ware Poets and Mslexia Poetry Competitions (twice), as well as being published in many magazines and journals. She has poems in several anthologies, including Furies (For Books’ Sake), edited by…

Benjamin Zephaniah

…he calls ‘street politics’. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, and since then he has become one of Britain’s best known poets….

Roger McGough

…Henri and Brian Patten as the ‘Liverpool Poets’, has sold over a million copies and has never been out of print. His numerous books for children include The Imaginary Menagerie…

Peter Gizzi

…2001, he has been a professor in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. For several years, he was poetry editor of The Nation;…

Dai George

…University’s writing programme. His poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Best British Poetry. His latest collection is The Claims Office (Seren, 2013)….

Eric Berlin

Eric Berlin is a freelance editor living near Syracuse, New York, where he teaches “Ear Training for Poets” and “The Poetics of Prayer” at the Downtown Writers’ Center. He received…

Dannie Abse

…1948, his latest collected appearing in 2003. In between Abse established himself as one of Britain’s leading and most popular poets. Brought up in Cardiff, Abse draws on both his…

Tess Jolly

…anthology The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. She has been commended or placed in several poetry competitions and in 2015 was the winner of the Hamish Canham Prize….

Carolyn Oxley

Carolyn Elizabeth Oxley lives in Longmont, Colorado in view of the Rocky Mountain foothills. She is a freelance writer for the Boulder Weekly and meets regularly with local poets at…

What We Can Least Afford to Lose

…of pubs, of ales with names As numerous as bargemen or as poets. Listen: the water gurgles obscenely, it gargles serenely. The vista of Tegg’s Nose unfolds as the boat…

Jan Wagner

…has also translated the work of several British and American poets. He has received many awards for his poetry, including the Ernst Meister Prize (2005), the Wilhelm Lehmann Prize (2009),…

Olivia McCannon

Olivia McCannon’s poetry collection Exactly My Own Length (Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2011) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She read French/German at the…

Lorna Shaughnessy

…the Brown River and Witness Trees (Salmon Poetry) as well as two translations of contemporary Mexican poets: Mother Tongue: Selected Poems by Pura López Colomé and If We Have Lost…

Swithun Cooper

…Digest, an edible poetry journal, with Chrissy Williams. Swithun was a Poetry Society Young Poet of the Year in 2000 and Commended in the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize in 2004…

The End of Our Journey

…guests Gather at our home, our oasis. Young ones enlightened, Screaming with popcorn souls. Agitated eyes shining with elation. Laying on the rich ceremonial salver Was a cheery lamb. Without…

A church on the edge of the world

…by itself near the door, remembering an old knight who fought for a God that was still young. Scuffed with reverence, it makes you think of harsher times, when wool…

‘A’ Level Text

…glimpsed shells like young bones. Gulls shouted common phrases. Words streamed the Breton sky. The air about me foreign, taut, I collected shells of meaning I turn again against my…

Above Golden Bay

…to Golden Bay. I did not look for the house on the hill, but made my way down from the cliff-top to the beach where five young kayakers dragged their…

Megan Beech

…of Cambridge. Her debut collection ‘When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard’ was published by Burning Eye Books in December 2013. Megan was a Young Producer for…

Messenger

…were shriven, her eyes the eyesof something fallen, the weight unbearable so we sent her onwards, to beat at the heels of a young god’s sandals, set her away, windward….

Calendar Girl

…our young lungs As April teases us with sun-drenched rain and rain-drenched sun. By May we’re certain spring has sprung – It reverberates in the fluffy heads of dandelions And…

Tango

“You’re young, so full of self, and that’s why you dance like you’re speed-dating; you’re a moving monologue, uninterruptable; but on the floor you must move like a marriage, maybe…

Jay Bernard

…of 1981 where 14 young black people lost their lives. Surge: Side A was produced by Speaking Volumes and performed at the Roundhouse as part of The Last Word Festival…

Phrase Book

…thought so and yes the pilots say yes they have caught it through the Side-Looking   Airbone Radar, and through the J-Stars. I am expecting a gentleman (a young gentleman,…

Who Am I to Talk?

…the mother who lost all hope and who am I to talk about the young widow with a shovel full of rubble and her single vision of a rising city…

Camera Obscura

Eight-year-old sitting in Bramhall’s field, shoes scuffed from kicking a stone, too young for a key but old enough now to walk the short mile back from school. You’ve spied…

For the Fallen

…upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds…

Ollie O’Neill

Ollie O’Neill is a young poet based in London. In 2013 she won SLAMbassadors, the UK’s national youth slam championship, and she has since gone on to read at venues…

Decorating the Tree

…     Wreaths of mist, twisting, rising.      We bring you time, come and gone. I am ancient and always young And I speak with countless tongues. Your Tree…

The Bemusement Arcade

…know they’ll hardly fall. That’s how time was when I was young: a negligible pressure. I’d wake each day to find my heap of time as good as undiminished. So…

Growing a Tree: Five Songs

…on my heart. I am beginning to understand. A little boy comes to talk to me But my memory… What was his name? I like the way the calm young

Gina Wilson

Gina Wilson is a poet and novelist for young adults and children, and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Kurt Maschler Award, the Smarties Prize and the Bisto Book…

Waterlights

According to the legend of the White Snake, Bai Suzhen (the white snake which turned into an immortal woman) bought a green snake which she turned into a young girl….

Modern Classics

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Painting suggests James Joyce’s bizarre fixation with Wilde’s ‘Dorian Gray’. The Catcher in the Rye. Cricket player’s remains discovered in J.D….

Wedding Quilt

…negligible.   Twenty years on, where hems have softened, stitches still bind cleanly, show only the slightest fray.   There’s a snapshot of the young quilt when I fold back…

The Ghosts of New York Harbor

…as pigeons, dybbuks inhabiting the ambitions of young stars, singers, and sergeants   Roosting in the metropolitan opera house and the attic of the guggenheim Hidden in the coughing, cemented…

Of Mice and Many

…straps onto which I’ve hung. And here’s to the police officer, who when I was illegally     busking outside Westminster Station, approached me and said, ‘Do you know any Neil Young?’…

Fine dark stripe

(John Torrington 1825 – 1846) If I were young         and a man and                 square shouldered enough I’d choose…

The Inattentive Lover

…But woe betide! His hungry eyes do stray, To that young beauty just crossing their track, His greedy, whistling lips do now betray, His lust for her, his longing- he…

A World Elsewhere

1 The Visit There were barns, paddocks, young fruit trees coquetting in the rain and thrum of wind. It blew so hard the awning of the outside love-seat split a…

Forgotten

…being taken. (Because I stole the memory away) I remember the joy, The feeling of ecstasy (About what? Two words?) I remember her face, Young and beautiful, As she still…

‘Las Meninas’ Includes the Artist

He placed us carefully as peaches in a bowl of fruit,we stood where he had marked the floor with chalk; except for the infanta, too young to understand how not…

Adele Geras

Adele Geras is an award-winning writer for young children and adults. Her prizes for poetry include the HH Wingate Jewish Quarterly Poetry Award and the Smith/Doorstop Poetry Pamphlet Award jointly…

Lifting the Lid

…the corpuscles see-saw and sink, Silt in the veins. The nurse has battened down The long-sighted eyes that made him a pilot, too young For the navy in a war…

Rupert Brooke

…died of blood poisoning from an infected mosquito bite while travelling to Gallipoli in April 1915. Once described as “the handsomest young man in England”, after his death Brooke became…

Ghazal : Sister

…johns were done to live, for money – not bold, Sister.   But on dark winter’s nights she’d fight for young queens to be brought in off the roads, Sister….

Ian McMillan

…Man (Smokestack, 2014) is a collaboration with cartoonist Tony Husband which tells the story of a young Yorkshire lad caught up in the terrible slaughter of the First World War….

The Living Air

…found just round the corner in the bark of white young trees like the flicker of a flap that you forgot of an old bed blanket breathing quick, dust, dust…

News Reel of Embarkation

…on your way to the war For your mothers won’t laugh at the sound of the guns And the tales of the filth and the gore. Smile and joke young

Running Through Crowds

…I was too ‘refined’ to run through when I was young. He said I could watch the eras shed their skins, and I longed to shed mine. We hung it…

from 1001 Winters

…spring sun in his eyes and for you young lady… he said slowly and took from somewhere next to the door where there might have been a bin and a…

The best chairs

Tugged out of true until the stitches burst, the chairs we kept for pub talk: the Blair wars, our young friends debunking freedom’s many enemies that plonked themselves in every…

The Old Vicarage, Grantchester

…damn! I know it! and I know How the May fields all golden show, And when the day is young and sweet, Gild gloriously the bare feet That run to…

Overreaching

…Soon the banners rose again, the bells proclaiming loud, That the sovereign’s bride was young and fresh, a virgin still and proud. But though the teenage Queen had vowed to…

Akhmatova in the Borscht

…popular when I was young,” she told me, hands fumbling with the knife. “I couldn’t read much of her before I left Russia because they called her anti-Stalin, but I…

Then in the twentieth century

…against punch lines, and lost in stages all of my upper teeth. Peter Sutcliffe in 1987 confessed to thirteen murders, when I was young we had no television, but we…

The Full Indian Rope Trick

…I did it, Guildhall Square, noon, in front of everyone. There were walls, bells, passers-by; then a rope, thrown, caught by the sky and me, young, up and away, goodbye….

Songster

She was a small singing bird, a young wren you caught in your hand and felt her heartbeat. You chose two rings, one for her foot and then one for…

A Shooting Script 1987

…as if it is all over – tracking shots of a mosque, the muezzin stands for the call to prayer, sings over the young interfaith couple washing off their hands….

Wendy Klein

…lived in Sweden, France, Germany and England. Her writing has been influenced by early family upheaval resulting from her mother’s death, her nomadic years as a young single mother and…

Somebody’s Husband

…being dead – which I couldn’t, I’d be happy to think that some young woman with a penchant for the past had found my locket in the showcase reserved for…

Why I Won’t Run Away to Join the Circus

…underpants spotlit for all to see – that takes a kind of doomed romance or barmy bravery. See the dancing brown bear man inside the small prefab? When young he…

Juliet on water

a breath, and the notes fall on dark water, hesitant at first, but then sailing, like pale adjacent bodies rising on the blue hips of a  young girl. I think…

In my black hat

…the woman you see sitting in the corner stiffly, slow-speaking, preferring her own company. I am that young student, head on one side, in a black hat, in love with…

Golowan

…drinkers, beyond the thudding of the band a Madonna creates her own space. People keep away where a young girl nurses her baby, sitting on the curb in Chapel Street….

Reduced

…to nothing more than bone. An older man takes his share, and gives it to the young, choosing their life over his own. Perhaps if we turn them to ash….

The Book

…to children. They determine a horse’s age by its teeth, the age of pains – by their scars. And yet I’m still very young. Here – and it must be…