“Right, first take some weight off yourself. There’s too much pressure from the outside world… During writing your responsibility is to what you’re writing, outside world be gone,” advises Margaret Atwood, interviewed by Elaine Feeney in the Winter 2020 issue of The Poetry Review.
In fact, the world is very much in evidence in the winter Review, which has new poems from the USA, Canada, Australia and across Europe, by Emily Bludworth de Barrios, Elisabeth Sharp McKetta, Phillip B. Williams, Patrick James Errington, L.K. Holt, Meredi Ortega, Petra White, Aleš Šteger and Stella N’Djoku. Other contributing poets include Jason Allen-Paisant, Selima Hill, Helen Tookey and Graham Mort.
Essayists include Andre Bagoo on Dylan Thomas, and Charles Whalley on Maggie Hannan. Our reviews range across collections by Anne Stevenson, Eavan Boland, Itō Hiromi, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Ella Frears, Grace Nichols, Michael Longley, Timothy Donnelly, Inua Ellams, Wayne Holloway-Smith and more, as well as a new Selected Poetry and Prose by Charlotte Mew.
Postal services around the world have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic but don’t forget, while you wait, that you can read selected highlights of the latest issue on the Review webpage and read the magazine in its entirety on your tablet or phone by subscribing to the digital issue (free to Full members of The Poetry Society!). Look out too for more web features in the coming weeks: Graham Mort’s ‘Behind the Poem’ essay and Poetry Mixtapes from Elaine Feeney and Jason Allen-Paisant.
And don’t miss the launch of the Winter 2020 issue, free on Zoom, on Thursday 28 January 2021 – for full details and to book visit the event page here.
In Poetry News, mailed to all Poetry Society members, we’ve the latest on the Obsidian Foundation, founded to create a safe space for Black poets in the UK; news of Keats 200, celebrating the poet’s lasting legacy on the the bicentenary of his death; an interview with Yomi Ṣode about Remnants, his extraordinary collaboration with musician James B. Wilson; warm tributes to Derek Mahon by Maurice Riordan and Cahal Dallat; an interview with Cornish indie publisher Guillemot Press; and members’ poems winners chosen by Phoebe Power, inspired by that Keatsian preoccupation, ‘Youth’.
The Poetry Review and Poetry News are indispensable reading for anyone interested in the world of poetry. To receive your copies of both The Poetry Review and Poetry News every quarter, join The Poetry Society or subscribe
Winter 2020 digital offer
For a limited time until 14 January 2021 you can take advantage of a winter special offer on the digital edition of The Poetry Review, with up to 25% off annual subscriptions, using use the code WINTEROFFER2020 in the box at the Exact Editions online checkout page here.
Postal disruptions – The Poetry Review and Poetry News
Copies of the Winter 2020 issues of The Poetry Review and Poetry News have all been dispatched from The Poetry Society’s mailing house, and are due to arrive in time for Christmas. However, in this exceptional year, there are some disruptions to post in some areas. The Poetry Society apologises if your mailing has been slow to arrive and appreciate your patience. In the meantime, remember that all Full Members of The Poetry Society do have access to the digital edition of The Poetry Review via Exact Editions.
17 December 2020, updated 23 December 2020