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HOW I DID IT – Zena Edwards ‘HUMAN: THIS EMBODIED KNOWLEDGE’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (Performed) to write about the inspiration behind their poem. Here’s Zena Edwards on what inspired her to write ‘Human : This Embodied Knowledge’. This piece has always wanted to…

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Eric Yip – How I Did It ‘Fricatives’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (Written) to write about the inspiration behind their poem. Here’s Eric Yip on what inspired him to write ‘Frictatives.’ Thinking about a poem after having written it feels like…

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Kandace Siobhan Walker – How I Did It ‘Cowboy’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection to write about the inspiration behind the poems in their collection. Here’s Kandace Siobhan Walker on what inspired her to write Cowboy. When I was editing Cowboy, I was…

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Kathryn Bevis – How I Did It ‘My body tells me that she’s filing for divorce’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (Written) to write about the inspiration behind their chosen poem. Here’s Kathryn Bevis on what inspired her to write ‘My body tells me that she’s filing for divorce.’ On…

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MA in Writing in Poetry Scholarships 2023/24

We are delighted to announce that for academic year 2023-24, four outstanding students have been awarded full-fee scholarships for the Poetry School’s MA in Writing Poetry accredited by Newcastle University. This year two scholarships entirely funded entirely by the Poetry School have been awarded. We are pleased to award a Poetry School Scholarship to an outstanding candidate, Elontra Hall, a Black-American poet…

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Michael Pedersen – How I Did It ‘The Cat Prince’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (Performed) to write about the inspiration behind some of their poems from the chosen collection. Here’s Michael Pedersen on what inspired him to write ‘The Cat Prince‘. ‘The Cat…

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Review Round-up: The Body of Language

Shalini Sengupta reads three new poetry collections by Alycia Pirmohamed, Jay Gao, and Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa. On Another Way to Split Water by Alycia Pirmohamed 1. How do the words get to the page? 2. What attracts them? 3. What did you burn? 4. What did you give to the river? These lines from Bhanu…

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Stanzas for Ukraine – 25

The Heat by Fedir Mlynchenko, translated from the Ukrainian by Stephen Komarnyckyj My flight from the war, launched by Moscow against Ukraine, is similar to the stories of millions of other forced exiles. It’s still too painful to even think about and especially to share my recollections.Despite having traversed thousands of kilometres, I still couldn’t…

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Jane Clarke – How I Did It ‘Pit Ponies of Glendasan’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection to write about the inspiration behind some of their poems from the chosen collection. Here’s Jane Clarke on what inspired her to write A Change in the Air. On a…

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Kit Fan – How I Did It ‘2047: A Hong Kong Space Odyssey’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection to write about the inspiration behind some of their poems from the chosen collection. Here’s Kit on what inspired him to write The Ink Cloud Reader. My Hong Kong childhood…

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How I Did It: Forward Prizes – Elisabeth Sennitt Clough on ‘My Name is Abilene’

Welcome to our Forward Prizes 2023 ‘How I Did It’ series. This year we asked the poets shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection to write about the inspiration behind some of their poems from the chosen collection. Here’s Elisabeth Sennitt Clough on what inspired her to write My Name is Abilene. My Name…

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Stanzas for Ukraine – 24

 Dreams by Dmytro Lazutkin, translated from the Ukrainian by Stephen Komarnyckyj My four-year-old daughter asked me one day “Dad, how is it that we dream?” Wasn’t she too young to be interested in concepts like this? I thought. The answer surely was no. But was I ready for such challenges as answering this question? Of…

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Autumn 2023 – Quick Course Guide

Our Autumn Term is now live and we’ve got a whole host of brilliant tutors and courses lined up, so be sure to book promptly to avoid disappointment. Below is our handy Quick Course Guide, where you’ll find everything you’ll need to know. Online Courses INTERACTIVE Our classic 10-week online courses with Live Chats. The…

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A Story That Will Never End; An Obituary, for Victoria Amelina

The Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina died at the weekend from injuries she sustained following a Russian missile attack on the pizzeria where she was dining on 27 June 2023. Her death, which was announced on 3 July 2023, brings the total number of casualties from the strike to 13, including four children. Victoria, who was…

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Review Roundup – Inspector Inspector by Jee Leong Koh, Faust by Sandeep Parmar, O by Zeina Hashem Beck

Departing significantly from his earlier collection Steep Tea, Jee Leong Koh’s latest work, Inspector Inspector, is an elegiac, yet witty and bold exploration of history, exile and Asian queer identities. Through various forms and narrative, the reader is invited into a variety of spaces: the personal or the intimate, queer spaces of the lover; the…

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That’s where you get your man badge at: Poetry and Fatherhood.

Yogi (Christopher Powell) to Marcus (William Jackson Harper): You can’t just try. You have to just do it. You gotta mould this kid. It’s gonna look like you. It needs to act like you…. Plus, the whole fatherhood shit, that’s where you get your man badge at. This is where you earn it, bro. What…

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MA in Writing Poetry

Are you determined to take your poetry to the next level?Apply now for the MA in Writing Poetry The MA in Writing Poetry is an accredited degree with Newcastle University and the Poetry School, delivered as part-time course over two years. The course is taught in-person at Somerset House, Strand, London by established poets through workshopping, masterclasses and 1-2-1 tutorials. To see some of the fantastic…

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Stanzas for Ukraine – 22

From the Springs of the Earth by Vasyl Makhno, translated from the Ukrainian by Stephen Komarnyckyj I belong to the ranks of those who witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union with their own eyes, and the Revolution on Granite and Ukraine’s Declaration of Independence. However, by contrast I observed the Orange Revolution and The…

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Form Laboratory 

Here are some exceptional poems from Jacqueline Saphra’s Form Laboratory. When I proposed this set of collaborative workshops to The Poetry School, I had no idea of the creativity it would unleash. During the darkening evenings of Autumn 2022, Thursdays became a poetic laboratory where an adventurous, generous, and inspired group of poets invented new…

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Writing My Sister

My sister died suddenly on 5 April. This blog was going to be about the ways I get myself writing. The analogies I find helpful. Tech, for example: harder to reboot, better to keep it going all the time, in any way you can. Remind yourself you are writing a lot of the time. Remind…

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THE GRACE COOK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 2023

Applications are now open for this fully funded scholarship to the Poetry School’s MA in Writing Poetry 2023 Who is Grace Cook? Grace was my beloved wife of 22 years. On 17th June 2022, she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 59. A person of immense kindness and deep intelligence, she was…

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Stanzas for Ukraine – 21

Hatred by Halyna Huliieva, translated from the Ukrainian by Stephen Komarnyckyj The subjects and themes of my writing didn’t fundamentally change after 24 February 2022. The war as far as I and many other Ukrainians were concerned didn’t begin last year (and ultimately probably not nine years ago) because I studied history and somehow always…

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Review – Heritage Aesthetics by Anthony Anaxagorou

Our New Damage What are the contours of heritage when it ruptures through colonialism and diaspora? This dense, multifaceted question is the organising principle of Anthony Anaxagorou’s new collection of poetry, Heritage Aesthetics – primarily concerned with the underexamined intersections of British-Cypriot identity, colonial history, and masculinity. Geography and cartography yield structural anxieties: littoral Cypriot…

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Review – From From by Monica Youn

Atom by Atom… From From, Monica Youn’s fourth book of poems, is a striking departure from her first three books. Instead of addressing race obliquely and occasionally, From From confronts it full-on, from beginning to end. Interviewed in Bomb magazine, Youn explained, ‘I always felt I had permission to talk about race, but I wanted…

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Stanzas for Ukraine – 20

Me, Ulyana and Energy by Iryna Sazhynska, translated from the Ukrainian by Stephen Komarnyckyj The day before yesterday, when there was a storm, my father said: ‘Do you hear that? It’s missiles again!’ It was just thunder, which we are doomed to associate for the remainder of our lives with the expectation of death. Last…

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