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…

Debbie Lim

Debbie Lim, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Sydney. Her poems have appeared in publications including Cordite Poetry Review, Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher & Wattman, 2013)…

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Yomi Ṣode

…10: Poets of the New Generation, Tales of Two Londons and the forthcoming Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. He is the co-editor, with Kate Birch, of Voices of…

Elaine Gaston

Elaine Gaston, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Ireland’s north coast. She has been published by Blackstaff Press and Peterloo Poets, and in many poetry journals including Poetry…

Linda Gregerson

Linda Gregerson is an American poet and member of faculty at the University of Michigan. In 2014, she was named as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She…

John Freeman

…A Suite for Summer (Worple). Stride also published a book of essays, The Less Received: Neglected Modern Poets. Recent magazine publications include Iota, Poetry Wales, Scintilla and The Lampeter Review….

James Sutherland-Smith

…wife Viera are the principal translators of Slovak poetry into English, with a number of collections of individual poets and three major anthologies published in Britain, America, Canada and Slovakia….

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…

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…

Ann Pelletier-Topping

…were published in Moor Poets’ fourth anthology. She belongs to a Poetry Seminar Group led by Greta Stoddart of the Poetry School. When she’s not writing, she teaches French in…

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.)…

Cambridge 1949

…Scholar,          giggling, over wet lettuce and beetroot, quite unaware of the surprise around her. Yet reading in her Newnham room the Metaphysical          poets claim her, and she enters the Christian…

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…

Julian May

…The Verb, and winner of a Sony Award for A Requiem for St Kilda. He has commissioned and collaborated creatively with many poets and artists to produce documentaries, arts programmes…

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…

Bernadette Lynch

Bernadette has been writing poetry for the last 6 years and finds her work greatly enhanced by belonging to groups of fellow poets, including the recently-formed Brum Stanza. Her poetry…

Chanchal Kumar

Chanchal is the first-prize winner in the meme challenge, written and judged by poet Rishi Dastidar, on Young Poets Network….

Alice Brooker

Alice is a winner in the Climate Crisis and You challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the Freud Museum London….

Roy McFarlane

…Tree,  2018) and he is the editor of Celebrate Wha? Ten Black British Poets from the Midlands (Smokestack, 2011). His first full collection of poems, Beginning With Your Last Breath,…

Carrie Etter

…Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010). She also publishes short stories, reviews and the occasional essay. Imagined Sons was shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award….

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…

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;…

David Borrott

…and in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets. His pamphlet Porthole (Smith|Doorstop, 2015) is part of the Poetry Business Laureate’s Choice series, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy….

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),…

Melanie Drane

…contest she had ever entered. She then began sending poems out for publications and competitions, achieving great success. She now joins a long list of outstanding poets who have won…

Jeff Skinner

…Nest, Crowsfeet, Clear Poetry, Ground Poetry,  The Open Mouse –  and on a Guernsey bus. He was shortlisted in the 2015 Wells Poetry Competition. He reads with Exeter Poets Uncut….

David Hart

David Hart has won several major prizes, including the National Poetry Competition 1994 and the Common Ground/Blue Nose Poets Field Days competition. His poems were published in 1999 as Setting…

Chris McCabe

…CD with the Poetry Archive. His plays Shad Thames, Broken Wharf and Mudflats have been performed in London and Liverpool. His prose book about the dead poets of West Norwood…

Sue Johns

…performed at festivals and cabarets around the country as a solo performer and with Dodo Modern Poets, and also writes and performs theatrical monologues. Her poems have been published in…

Maggie Butt

…Bucharest where she was one of six British poets advising MA students on translating Romanian poetry into English. Maggie is a keen member of the Palmers Green Stanza in North…

Steve Ely

…of four poets who contributed to The Pity, a series of new poems commissioned by the Poetry Society in response to the centenary of the First World War. The Pity…

Regarding Anne Sexton

…The problem with this photo is, you’re doing that look like a thousand grainy poets before and after you. Eyes left. Like you have just seen a burglar. You’re projecting…

Denise Saul

…and Asian poets in the UK, organised by Spread the Word. Denise won the 2011 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her poem ‘Leaving Abyssinia’. Her pamphlets, White Narcissi (Flipped Eye) and House of…

Triolet, triolet

…queue But we are experiencing a high volume of calls. (And a slim volume of verse.) All our poets are writing sonnets. If you know the number of the department…

(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…

Hannah Lowe

…Her family memoir Long Time, No See (Periscope, 2015) featured as Radio 4’s Book of the Week. In 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. She…

Janet Lancaster

…be in the company of fellow poets – reading contemporary published poetry, sharing drafts of new poems and offering mutual encouragement. Recently she has also taken up target archery. She…

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….

Meg Burrows

Meg Burrows is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Automatic writing’ challenge….

Emily Berry

…for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize. She was named among the Next Generation Poets 2014. She is currently working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at…

Edward Doegar

…currently working towards his first collection. He was recently selected for The Complete Works II, a two-year mentoring and development programme for ten advanced black and Asian poets in the…

Eithne Cullen

Eithne Cullen is a member of Forest Poets and writes poetry and stories. She has published two novels, The Ogress of Reading and Never not in my Thoughts….

Helen Overell

…writing and takes part in courses and seminar groups at the Poetry School as well as taking an active role in the Mole Valley Poets. Her work is published in…

John Lyons

Poets Afro-Caribbean and Asian prize; a commendation in the National Poetry Competition, and in the Peterloo Poetry Competition. His latest collections are Cook-Up in a Trini Kitchen (Peepal Tree, 2009)…

Salena Godden

Salena Godden is one of the UK’s foremost poets, regularly anthologised and headlining festivals nationally and internationally. A BBC regular, Salena Godden has written and presented several arts and music programmes…

Emma Danes

…Stanza Poetry Competition, and been published in anthologies and magazines including CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith|Doorstop) and The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt). Emma lives…

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…

Eva Salzman

…Poems (Bloodaxe, 2004). Most recently she co-edited, with Amy Wack, the anthology Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English. She participated in the Poetry Society’s Poetry Places, a two-year…

Glyn Maxwell

Glyn Maxwell is a poet, playwright, novelist, librettist and critic. In 1994 he was named one of the New Generation poets and he received the E.M. Forster Award in 1997….

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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….

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…

The other

…forget my existence do I age           do you update me like software or am I still young in there, do you hold me             undying from nostalgia or         indifference            …

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….

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…

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…

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….

‘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…

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…

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…

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…

Vanilla moon

…room glows green with plastic stars, comets and crescents. An IKEA mobile strings a green planet, orange rings, yellow stars and a blue rocket. Too young to count days, or…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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

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 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…

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…

‘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…

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…

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….

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 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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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?’…