Find yourself the perfect tree-dappled spot to savour the latest summer issue of The Poetry Review…
We’ve new poems on the sea, squid, filial relationships, rain and the dodo by contributors including Heather Christle, Andre Bagoo, A.K. Blakemore, Hugo Williams, Helen Mort, Liz Berry, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Martina Evans and Peter Gizzi. We’ve a focus on translation – translations of poems by Anzhelina Polonskaya, Hagiwara Kyojiro, Ulrike Almut Sandig and Clara Janés, essays on the complexities of the process by Khairani Barokka, Sophie Collins and Carole Satyamurti, and Katrina Naomi’s report on poetry and poets in Japan. Reviews include Lila Matsumoto, Robin Robertson, Dorothea Lasky, Hannah Sullivan, Abigail Parry, Phoebe Power, Luljeta Lleshanaku and Volker von Törne. So Mayer reviews an anthology of Māori poetry and Amy Key considers the lost and found work of Joan Murray. Plus Ocean Vuong introduces the winner of The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2017: Raymond Antrobus.
All of which is beautifully suggested in Manshen Lo’s cover image – lean in and listen up.
You can read highlights from the issue online, as well as Vidyan Ravinthiran’s ‘Behind the poem’ essay on his poem ‘Mercy Invincibility’. Keep an eye online for more rearward angles and new ‘mixtape’ selections from Helen Mort, A.K. Blakemore, Louis Bourne and Ruth Padel in the month ahead. And why not reserve yourself a seat at the launch of the new issue of The Poetry Review in the Poetry Café, London, on 11 July? Raymond Antrobus, Liz Berry and Martina Evans are our readers, and we’ve exclusive film-poems by Andre Bagoo and Peter Gizzi.