Ruth Valentine considers the balance between politics and poetics in Alan Morrison’s new collection
Caroline Maldonado welcomes Cristina Viti’s recent translation of a 1968 poem-cycle by Elsa Morante
John Lucas finds multiple reasons to recommend this memoir by Gail Holst-Warhaft which is studded through with her own accomplished poetry and also gives a shrewdly observant account of post-war Greek history
Rafael Campo and Zeina Hashem Beck are two very different poets and Norbert Hirschhorn enjoys their work in different ways
Brian Docherty comments on political poems from pre-WW2 Japan by Kosuke Shirasu which have recently been republished in a bi-lingual edition by Jun Shirasu and Bruce Barnes
Thomas Ovans investigates a Shoestring anthology edited by Merryn Williams which has received an unusual amount of attention for a poetry book.
Fiona Sinclair considers a heavyweight collection from Michael Rosen and decides that it does not pull any political punches.
Merryn Williams commends both the intention and the achievement of a poetry anthology in aid of refugee charities
Ask most people to name something beginning with ‘x’ and they will likely say ‘X-Box’, ‘X-Factor’ or ‘xylophone’. Far fewer will think of ‘xenophobia’. This is a sad reflection of an oversimplification that has crept into our political discourse.
In the debate leading up to the 2015 General Election, it is noteworthy that of the three significant parties opposing austerity, two are overtly nationalist. To some this seems suspicious as nationalism has always had a reputation as a rather right wing ideology.
Norbert Hirschhorn reflects on a poetry and prose memoir that gives an inside view of the National Health Service at a time when it may be about to change forever.
Thomas Ovans reviews 1948 by Andy Croft