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'Plagiarists never do it once': meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats

Ira Lightman is a man on a mission: to root out plagiarism in poetry. And his latest case is the most shameless yet<p>The poet Ira Lightman stared at his laptop screen in disbelief. Could it be true? He was sitting on the sofa in his terrace house in Rowlands Gill, five miles south-west of Newcastle, …


Twelve Books of Poems, About Poems, or Tangentially Related to Poems from 2015

This year, my favorite poetry books are not all books of poetry: there were too many books about poets, books of prose by poets, and other marginal cases I wanted to include.<p><b>“</b><b>Prodigal: New and Selected Poems</b><b>,”</b> by Linda Gregerson. Gregerson’s syntax will make your heart stop. These are radiant poems …


Leonard Cohen Reads The Great World War I Poem, “In Flanders Fields”

Courtesy of <i>Legion Magazine,</i> you can hear Canada's iconic singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen reading “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant-Colonel John …

Remembrance Day

Ezra Pound: Posthumous Cantos edited by Massimo Bacigalupo review – fresh insights into an epic masterpiece

The previously unpublished pages of Pound’s great poem highlight its visionary grandeur<p>Ezra Pound’s life is worth several fictions, but one unlikely novel he turns up in is Elmore Leonard’s <i>Pronto</i>, where a Miami Beach bookie, Harry Arno, uses the money he has skimmed from his bosses to retire to the …

Shelley’s agitprop poem granted freedom at last

The Bodleian Library has belatedly made Shelley’s ‘Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things’ available to all – and it’s dangerously seditious stuff<p>Shelley’s poem has escaped. For the past nine years, his “Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things” has been held in private hands, not …

Lousy at punctuation? Fear not – so was Wordsworth

Though one of the greatest poets who ever lived struggled with commas, many of us are infuriated by rogue apostrophes and other printed solecisms. How did this come to be?<p>Imagine this. You are a celebrated poet unsure of your punctuation, so you decide to write to the greatest scientist you know to …

Creative Writing

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.


How a language that went unspoken for a half-century was brought back from the dead

In the summer of 1930, at the dawn of the Great Depression, a 21-year-old linguist named Morris Swadesh set out for Louisiana to record the area’s Native American languages, which were disappearing rapidly.<p>Morris and his peers were in a race against time to document them, and in the small town of …


Bobby Clay: How a love of poetry inspired GB's 1500m champion

<b>The performances of elite athletes are sometimes referred to as being "poetry in motion" - but European junior 1500m champion Bobby Clay has taken this a stage further.</b><p>The 18-year-old was selected as one of Great Britain's co-captains for the Championships in Eskilstuna in Sweden last month and …

Gustave Doré’s Hauntingly Beautiful 1883 Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing…”<p>Something uncommonly beautiful takes place when a great artist brings a great writer’s words to life, doubly so when those words transmit the inherent enchantment of poetry — that special cross-pollination of spirits seen in …

Top 10 literary hoaxes

From Edgar Allan Poe’s account of a transatlantic balloon-crossing to JG Ballard’s hair-raising ruminations on Ronald Reagan, here are 10 narratives that blurred the boundaries between fact and fiction<p>The derivation of the word hoax, like the concept it describes, is slippery. The OED suggests a …

Ronald Reagan

The Font of Poetry, the Poetry of Font

By Adrienne Raphel August 3, 2015<p>On Design<p><i>Adventures in typography.</i><p>Photo: Willi Heidelbach<p>I was a teenage font addict. On Microsoft Word I’d lovingly scroll through the drop-down font menu: Avenir Book, Baskerville, Goudy, Goudy Old Style. For every story or poem I started to write, I first spent …

Poetic Conversation #61. But I can't and now I'm sorry and you're still gone.

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Above the Clouds

’Mid white Sierras, that slope to the sea,<br>Lie turbulent lands. Go dwell in the skies,<br>And the thundering tongues of Yosemitè<br>Shall persuade you to …

The Irony.

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