Contributors to The Poetry Review share their essential poetry of the moment
Khairani Barokka’s poems ‘Flood Season’, ‘Jakarta’, and ‘Ramadhan’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol. 107, No 1, Spring 2017. Her mixtape takes us to poems in translation, poems with thoughts of home, poems to steady and to feed us.
Joe Dunthorne’s poem ‘Sweetheart underwater’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol. 107, No 1, Spring 2017. On his mixtape: poems from New York, the capybara unit of measurement, and treasures from the live poetry recording archives.
Andrew McMillan’s poems ‘first time sexting’ and ‘first time “posh”’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol. 107, No. 2, Summer 2017. His mixtape dances to the things not said, breaks and remakes your heart, compels you to move and compels you to listen.
D.M. Aderibigbe’s poem ‘Letter from My Father, Odysseus’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Volume 107, No 2, Summer 2017. His mixtape nourishes, like Modenine and Remi Aluko; explores, re-purposes and renovates inner and outer spaces.
Aria Aber’s poems ‘Fata Morgana, 1987’ and ‘Rapture Series’ appeared in The Poetry Review, 107, No 3. Her ‘Behind the poem’ essay on ‘Fata Morgana, 1987’ is also published online. Her synesthetic mixtape includes many bold flavours: lavender, mescal, sunlight, clotted cream, milk with swan feathers.
Richard Georges’ poems ‘On Remembering, or Dreams of Remembering’ and ‘Too Full of Vermouth and Cigarette Smoke’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Volume 107, No 4, Winter 2017. His mixtape, assembled through the lens of fatherhood, looks at the identities passed down by parents to their children, and children tracing the shapes of their parents.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s poem ‘Craquelure’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Volume 108, No 1, Spring 2018. Her mixtape features poems that sing, that cross boundaries of language, and the best poem about a cervical smear you’ll ever read.