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On Anagrams – Luke Kennard exposes the building blocks behind 31 biblical poems

I’m fairly useless at cryptic crosswords. I tried to learn once, but solving half a puzzle tended to take an entire Sunday. My uncle (to whom the book is dedicated) could solve them while driving a car, his passengers taking turns to read the clues out loud, the grid existing solely in his head. My [...]

“Applied translation of the self as the self translates its self on its own accord” – Antosh Wojcik explores the language of Dementia

When you lose someone, there are continual moments when you are huddled in their left behinds; their clothes, their furniture, their lovers. It’s weird seeing Granddad without Nanny. It’s weird seeing Babcia, Polish for grandma, without Dziadek, Polish for grandad. I guess you never really see someone without the other someone. You always saw them [...]

“Crafting language always involves crafting spaces” – John McCullough dissects his new collection Spacecraft

Spacecraft came about when I realized I’d written quite a number of poems exploring ideas of emptiness and absence. Partly these arose through the loss of several people close to me, but some arrived also from an interest in Zen Buddhism and I’ve long been inspired by writers like D.A. Powell and Lee Harwood who [...]

Claire Trévien on why inspiration needs a warmer filter

A dreaded question that many poets will be confronted with is ‘how do you find your inspiration?’ You want to answer something glamorous like ‘on the edge of a cliff’ or ‘the top of a mast’ – but the truth is your fingers quickly get frozen or you’re too busy avoiding the dive of a [...]

“Why was there this fence, a symbol of territory and separation, in this unlikely place?” – Tim Cresswell on Svalbard and poetry

I never expected to write poems based on my visit to Svalbard in 2011. I was lucky enough to be invited on board the boat, the Noorderlicht, along with the artist Alex Hartley and a motley crew of writers, thinkers and creators as part of his nowhereisland project. He had been funded by the Arts [...]