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A poem on National Poetry Day, 6th October 2016

6 October 2016

If the state of politics is bringing out your nervous tics – your leg, your nose, your eye, your face – if you despair of the human race, if Brexit leaves you short of breath, where ‘May’ means ‘must on pain of death’ – if you despise a shirt of black, if you fear no one’s […]

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The worst thing in the world: a view from London

11 September 2016

It seems like ancient history now. The world before. I remember staring at the BBC website and saying to my colleague, ‘Oh Jesus so this is it. This is it. The beginning.’ He goes, beginning of what, what you talking about? I said, ‘World War Three. This is it.’ He laughed. Don’t be ridiculous, no […]

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Forward Prize shortlist, Day 1: Alice Oswald

31 August 2016

Ten days till my workshop on all ten shortlisted books, I’m going to post a little something about one of the books every day. With luck that’ll amount to a fair bit of blogging, as there were some other things I wanted to write about too. Alice Oswald’s new collection is a frankly staggering piece […]

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Forward into the breach!*

11 August 2016

There’s something going on, and it’s changing the culture of UK poetry. Okay, it’s changing the prize culture of UK poetry, but that really does have an impact on who reads what. In the three years (this year), since its new Director Susannah Herbert took over, the Forward Prize has quietly achieved a bit of a […]

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Life in the Referendum: London correspondent

22 June 2016

Over the next few days I’m going to be doing an ad hoc series of ‘Letters from London’ for the Best American Poetry blog in New York. I gather we’re all over the news over there, but (kind of like here) nobody can really tell what’s going on. It may be that they’re just too […]

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My Top 10 Reasons for Staying in the EU

9 June 2016

Hi guys. Sorry to do this to you. I know everyone is sick to death of this debate, but I set myself a challenge to outline my reasons for Remaining without resorting to quips about Boris, etc. Especially since I just met his dad, Stanley, at a book launch the other week. Let’s keep the […]

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