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, Seán Hewitt explores Romeo Oriogun’s ‘From Darkness Into Light’ (from The Poetry Review, Vol 111:2), a poem Hewitt describes as a “a creation story, but it is one that blends together the creation of song, language, the earth, and life, all together”.
Previous critiques include Katrina Naomi explores Kaleem Hawa’s poem ‘Learned Helplessness’ (from The Poetry Review, Vol 110:3); 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.