Contributors to The Poetry Review share their essential poetry of the moment
Elaine Feeney interviewed Margaret Atwood in The Poetry Review, Vol 110, No 4, winter 2020. Her Poetry Mixtape is diverse and fierce, with much-loved classics by Frank O’Hara, Don Paterson and Derek Mahon, set alongside blazing testimonies by Rita Ann Higgins, Claudia Rankine and Warshan Shire
Tommy Sissons’s poems ‘English Channel’ and ‘Suedehead’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol 110, No 3, Autumn 2020. As a sound specialist, the dynamic and fluid rhythm of language has influenced his selection.
Nicholas Wong’s poem ‘That World, According to Keanu Reeves’ was published in The Poetry Review, Vol 110, No 1, Spring 2020. “Language lovers,” he writes, “I invite you to enter a meaningless reality and explore its gorgeous form.”
Amy Acre’s poems ‘Ice Baby’ and ‘In the wet-aired trenches of the Tube I was’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol 109, No 4, Winter 2019. She chosen “the best poems either light a fire in my mind that gets me gasping for the pen, or leave me throwing down the book in disgust, in the knowledge that I might as well give up now. ”
Jay G. Ying, who reviewed Kim Hyesoon’s Autobiography of Death in The Poetry Review, Vol 109, No 2, Summer 2019, reckons the mixtape, what Geoffrey O’Brien described as the most widely practised American art form, has now been superseded globally by internet memes. Poetry will outlast both of course…
Caroline Bird’s poem ‘Fancy Dress’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol 109, No 1, Spring 2019. Her mixtape was put together on a Thursday and for Thursdays, but you can read these poems any day of the week: what you do in your spare time is up to you.
Anthony Anaxagorou’s review of Chris McCabe and Jericho Brown appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol 109, No 1, Spring 2019. His mixtape keeps it moving and seeks to equip us through the essentials.
Rainie Oet’s poems ‘Caverns’ and ‘I Miss the Slug Ooze of That Summer You Died’ are published in The Poetry Review, Vol 108, No 4, Winter 2018. Their mixtape dons a trenchcoat and beats the final boss with one life remaining.
Dzifa Benson’s reviews of Tracy K. Smith and August Kleinzahler appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol 108, No 4, Winter 2018. Her Small Objects of Desire link the ancient to the modern, rearranges the cogs of poetic machinery, and amplifies quiet voices.
Kit Fan’s poems ‘A Long Story of Moon’ and ‘Noh Mask, Yaseonna’ are published in The Poetry Review, 108, No 3. His sodium laced mixtape satiates your hunger by way of Emily Dickinson and the MTV Movie Awards. Delicious!
Helen Mort’s poem ‘Rain Twice’ is published in The Poetry Review, 108, No 2. Join her on her Friday Night Poetry Party with poems for late night whisky fuelled introspection.
A.K. Blakemore’s poems ‘dicks like jesus’ and ‘mouse’ are published in The Poetry Review, 108, No 2. Her mixtape is special, disgusting, and part suspended in bromide.
Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s poem ‘We have to Leave the Earth Because We Know So Much’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Volume 108, No 1, Spring 2018. Her mixtape came delivered containing traces of blood, origin unknown.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s poem ‘Craquelure’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Volume 108, No 1, Spring 2018. Her mixtape features poems that sing, poems crossing language boundaries, and the best poem about a cervical smear you’ll ever read.
Richard Georges’ poems ‘On Remembering, or Dreams of Remembering’ and ‘Too Full of Vermouth and Cigarette Smoke’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Volume 107, No 4, Winter 2017. His mixtape, assembled through the lens of fatherhood, looks at the identities passed down by parents to their children, and children tracing the shapes of their parents.
Aria Aber’s poems ‘Fata Morgana, 1987’ and ‘Rapture Series’ appeared in The Poetry Review, 107, No 3. Her ‘Behind the poem’ essay on ‘Fata Morgana, 1987’ is also published online. Her synesthetic mixtape includes many bold flavours: lavender, mescal, sunlight, clotted cream, milk with swan feathers.
D.M. Aderibigbe’s poem ‘Letter from My Father, Odysseus’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Volume 107, No 2, Summer 2017. His mixtape nourishes, like Modenine and Remi Aluko; explores, re-purposes and renovates inner and outer spaces.
Andrew McMillan’s poems ‘first time sexting’ and ‘first time “posh”’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol. 107, No. 2, Summer 2017. His mixtape dances to the things not said, breaks and remakes your heart, compels you to move and compels you to listen.
Joe Dunthorne’s poem ‘Sweetheart underwater’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol. 107, No 1, Spring 2017. On his mixtape: poems from New York, the capybara unit of measurement, and treasures from the live poetry recording archives.
Khairani Barokka’s poems ‘Flood Season’, ‘Jakarta’, and ‘Ramadhan’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol. 107, No 1, Spring 2017. Her mixtape takes us to poems in translation, poems with thoughts of home, poems to steady and to feed us.