Vol 109, No 4, Winter 2019

Poems have arrived from all corners of the UK, Europe, the US and elsewhere. Some have, woven into their lines, the anxieties of our extraordinary moment – the climate emergency another pressing fear that has found expression in 2019 – while others dream, sing, make mischief – do all the things that poems get up to. Poets yet to publish a full collection make up a third of those featured here. In our prose pages, Maria Johnston listens closely to the music of Denise Riley and Jeremy Noel-Tod weighs up the Auden of ‘September 1st, 1939’ against other – sometimes conflicting – Audens. Lastly, we carry reviews of the great variousness of poetry collections finding their way to readers this winter.

from Colette Bryce’s Editorial


Nick Laird, On Form, The Mixed Marriage
Amy Acre, Ice Baby, In the wet-aired trenches of the Tube I was
Richard O’Brien, Calcant
Maurice Riordan, The Flaw, The Shoulder Tap
Alice Miller, Seams, The Goddess of Death
Kathrin Schmidt / Sue Vickerman, birdknacks, amazonisch amazon
Thomas Lynch, Yossef
Cheryl Follon, Apple, Motorway
Soumyaroop Majumdar, Alipore Zoo, Adda  Read Soumyaroop’s Behind the poem article
Victoria Kennefick, January, Open Your Mouth, (M)eat,
Don Paterson, The Way We Were
Penny Newell, speaking because of bodies
Anne Barngrover, A lot of stuff happened, and I quit being normal,
Natalie Linh Bolderston, Fragments of my mother’s homeland underwater  Read Natalie’s Behind the poem article
Paula Bohince, Tortoiseshell Comb
Padraig Regan, Minty, Salted Drops
Alan Gillis, Blossom Drift, The Reponse
Kim Moore, All the Men I Never Married, No. 32
Jerzy Jarniewicz / Piotr Florczyk, ’86, Evening Will be Warm, with Returns Possible
Jaya Savige, Ladybugs, Tristan’s Ascension
Phoebe Stuckes, Thus I became a heart-eater, Gold Hoop Earrings
John McAuliffe, The Robin, Circumstance
Jay G. Ying, Hostel
Meredi Ortega, Biometrics, Life in the UK
Anja Konig, Vogelfrei


Wum Town: Poems by Liz Berry and photographs by Tom Hicks


Listen Everybody: Maria Johnston on Denise Riley
Boring Auden by Jeremy Noel-Tod


Martina Evans reviews Selima Hill, Mona Arshi and Richard Osmond
Luke Kennard on Paul Muldoon’s Frolic and Detour
Alex Pryce on debut collections by Chen Chen, Stephen Sexton and Theresa Lola
Leo Boix on Latin American poetry in translation
Claire Crowther reviews Vona Groarke and Deryn Rees-Jones
Alistair Noon on the poetry and politics of Brecht
Linda France reviews Alice Oswald and Peter Riley
W.N. Herbert on Miriam Gamble, Kei Miller and Helen Tookey
Meryl Pugh on five new pamphlets