The Spring issue of The Poetry Review is now out, guest edited by Mary Jean Chan and Will Harris, an eclectic and energising mix of new poems by Raymond Antrobus, Mona Arshi, Helen Charman, Chen Chen, Linda Gregerson, D.S. Marriott, Samantha Walton and many more, prose by Nisha Ramayya, Momtaza Mehri, Dorothy Wang and Ralf Webb, Yasmine Seale’s erasure poems inspired by The Thousand and One Nights, and this year’s winning entries in The Poetry Society’s prestigious National Poetry Competition.
Mary Jean Chan and Will Harris write in their editorial: “We worked on this guest-edited issue of The Poetry Review from December 2019 through to February 2020, following a dispiriting general election in the UK and amid a sense of ecological and social crisis worldwide. Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that across these poems certain images recur: borders and bluebells, water and weather, dairy and diaries. These are poems that inhabit the milieu they were written in, capturing the anxiety, alienation and complicity that characterise our present moment. Though there are no solutions on offer, they bear out – through the prose poem, the lyric, as well as other received and disrupted forms – Dorothy Wang’s argument that “history’s relationship to poetry [is] one that inheres in the very forms of poems”.
1 April 2020