Poetry review: the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur’s debut collection ‘milk and honey’ liberated poetry from the archaism of regulated metre and stuffy subject matter. Her fluid and plain style is known for beautifully encapsulating the struggles of heartbreak, femininity and defiance. However, Kaur’s ambrosia formula of abstract sketches and lower case-lettered odes to self-love in ‘milk and honey’ seem at […]

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An Ice-Cream Tour of Vercelli

How likely is it that you’ve heard of Vercelli? It isn’t a village. It’s Wikipedia article puts its 2009 population at 47,720. If you’re lucky enough to have sat (or are cursed enough to be sitting) your Preliminary Examination in English Language and Literature, Early Medieval Literature, c. 650–1350 (you’re definitely part of the in-crowd), […]

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Review: Astéronymes

Lolloping around Blackwells faced with the self-imposed challenge to put down the Byron and Lawrence and read more new poetry, the distorted blue henge on the front of Astéronymes immediately presented itself to me as an interesting read. Now, normally, this finely-tuned, well-honed book-selection technique really doesn’t go that well and leaves me feeling all […]

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To a Dog on the Beach

As you skid over pebbles and pad through the sea’s edge, you will not notice the piled clouds like mountains in China. You will not notice the shells which spell out incantations or the salt wind which whites them out. You could not predict you’d end up here. But the guesswork is not what matters. […]

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The Return

The Prodigal Son is facing the ground. The pictures are taken and he walks, slow across the courtyard, away from the sound of laughter. And now, no longer on show he undoes one button, puts his smile down, head in hands. Thoughts, his element, become a heavy burden. He shows in a frown his need […]

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Maud – A Review

‘Maud’ is probably my favourite poem in the English language ever. Tennyson often gets bashed even by the most academic types for being “too musical” or for being too patriotic in poems like ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’. Though these criticisms are extremely reductive, the one poem these critics have obviously not looked into […]

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