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Thanksgiving - Rachel Long
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The Child God of Chaos - Inua Ellams
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Ghana by Air - Nii Ayikwei Parkes
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Half a Lime - Nii Ayikwei Parkes
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The Long Duration of a Split Second  - Nick Makoha
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“The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself” – Derek Walcott

Poet

6 poems available

“I want these poems to help people to practise empathy”

Interview

Jean Sprackland talks about her inspiration and process for writing poetry.

Guided Tour

“I had the great joy of being part of the creative team for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics – a multi-media extravaganza that was streamed, tweeted, favourited and blogged about across the planet. For all its noise and…

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Poets have always written poems about love. We have put together a collection of recordings of some of the best classic love poems, introduced and read for you by today’s poets. From Elizabeth Barrett Browning asking “How do I love thee?” to Lord Byron declaring…

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Jane McKie

B. 1967

8 poems available

'Must this be a woman's cross? This dissonance between what 'seems' and what 'is?' - Jane McKie, 'Change, Continuous Change'

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His sure hand is apparent in every line: syntax and pulse in the service of experience. -- August Kleinzahler

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