A.K. Blakemore’s poems ‘dicks like jesus’ and ‘mouse’ are published in The Poetry Review, 108, No 2.
I was lucky enough to see Elaine Kahn read with Ariana Reines recently, and she wore an amazing see-thru blouse, was generally badass and languid. This was the first poem of hers I encountered, and it feels so secret and special and disgusting. I treasure it very much.
This is one of my favourite poems from Sophie’s new collection, Who is Mary Sue?, and also one I find quite (much maligned word) adorable, from child saint to creaking scaffold.
A good friend sent me this tiny thing by cavalier poet Robert Herrick during a particularly thankless term when we were both undergraduates. One of a very few poems that makes me smile every time I read – or, actually, remember the existence of – it.
I’ve followed Jay Bernard for many, many years now – their poems were some of the first contemporary (in the sense of, by someone of about my own age) poems I really felt I could inhabit, have access to. The Red and Yellow Nothing is such a freaky, unusual little pamphlet, which completely changed my approach to extended narrative poems – and this section, in which ‘Darkness herself’ comes across the body of sleeping knight Morien, is particularly tender.
I’m trying to make everyone I know read Loy’s Lost Lunar Baedecker, which drove me to a state of basic frenzy. Of all the beautiful poems therein, I’m choosing this, one of her later pieces, for the description of their ‘innocent excrements’.
lemon, egg, bread is a book I keep returning to like I might absorb some of its distilled, delicate perfection by osmosis. That hasn’t happened yet, but it does seem to have a bromide effect – like scrolling through one of those instagram feeds of things that have been meticulously arranged.
I first came across Hieu Minh Nguyen’s work in an issue of Poetry London, was summarily hooked. Outbound just has this evocative, American, effortless sweep going on.
I just really like cats, & cat poems.
A.K. Blakemore is the author of two full-length collections, Humbert Summer (Eyewear, 2015) and Fondue (Offord Road, 2018).