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3 poems available

"So what if a piece of wood discovers it’s a violin..." - Arthur Rimbaud

Special Collection

Foreword by Michael Schmidt, Editor of PN Review The life expectancy of poetry magazines is often a butterfly’s span. Few reach ten issues, fewer still a hundred. To reach 250 issues over five decades is evidence of editorial tenacity and…

Interview

Did you know there is more than one Simon Armitage? In this interview, the best-selling poet and novelist introduces you to them and talks about the importance of voice in his work.

Interview

Wendy Cope muses on the lines that keep coming back, the challenges of formal verse and how a poem can be seriously funny.

Interview

Sujata Bhatt is a poet of many different cultures: in this interview, she talks about her travels and how they've influenced her writing and lets us into the "private and inner world" of making poems.

Interview

Join acclaimed poet Jo Shapcott in her Welsh retreat as she talks about the pleasures of science and music that inform her work - and the importance of getting up early to write!

Interview

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

Interview

Choman Hardi answers questions on her Kurdish background and the influence this has on her poetry and painting.

Special Collection

The recordings in this collection were selected by National Trust visitors from our Archive collections to celebrate the poetry of the places they love. Poetry expresses and gives voice to the relationships, memories and sense of  well-being which we can…

Poet

Sarah Howe

B. 1983

4 poems available

Rich and fierce, Sarah Howe's poems are alive to the complex stories and voices that cohere around objects, family and place. . . surprising and moving. . . - EDMUND DE WAAL

Poet

6 poems available

These hands have Moulded monuments, created crafts, healed hearts. Khosi Xaba, from 'These Hands'

Poet

Tom Leonard

B. 1944 D. 2018

8 poems available

He treasures the grain of the speaking voice -- Robert Crawford

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