In Front of the Poem is a new online feature in which readers of The Poetry Review respond to a poem or poems in an issue.
In our latest feature, Katrina Naomi explores Kaleem Hawa‘s poem ‘Learned Helplessness’ (from The Poetry Review, Vol 110:3): “genuinely exciting, even if – like any good poem – it doesn’t reveal all of its secrets”.
Previous critiques include Kathryn Maris on Mary Ruefle‘s poem ‘A Morning Person’ (published in The Poetry Review, Vol 109:2), and Katharine Towers on ‘Another Agony in the Garden’ by Denise Riley, (The Poetry Review, Vol 109:1). There is never any one way to read a poem; here, our authors offer insights we hope may help inform and expand your own interpretations.
You might also like to explore the short essays published online in our ‘Behind the Poem’ section, in which contributors to The Poetry Review offer insights into the inspiration behind their work, allowing readers a glimpse of the writer’s working practice and wider imagination.