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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Poetry review: ‘milk and honey’ by Rupi Kaur

‘milk and honey’, Kaur’s debut poetry collection, is one of few commercially popular works of poetry in recent years. This is not to say that no other significant or impressive collections of contemporary poetry have been published, but rather that no other has achieved such global popularity. Upon publication, ‘milk and honey’ sold over 1.5 […]

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Award-winning student poet Theophilus Kwek discusses the ocean, identity, and poetry

Safer Waters: Writing from a Distance It’s summer again, and I’ve been thinking about the sea. I often wonder if growing up on an island has meant that I can hear its siren call even here, in landlocked Oxford: a low foghorn sounding up the Thames, rattling the boathouses. Its undertow can be strong, too […]

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Student Poetry: ‘In Memoriam’, composed in the remembrance of the Manchester bombing

In Memoriam   Mother Is crouching looking for her lost children Wondering whether she even had them Knowing that she did and in the grasp of The emptiness remembering the softness Of their cheeks remembering                   OH The hardness that is the emptiness but still She holds on in the terror in the ongoing go […]

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Review: Alice Oswald’s Falling Awake

Shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize, Falling Awake – Alice Oswald’s latest poetry book – bears great expectations. The boasts of the blurb similarly place Oswald in the company of some of the greatest poets of recent times, with mentions of Heaney, Hughes, and Hill. However, even as it meets these expectations, Falling Awake shows […]

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“I think making hip hop is implicitly political”: Watsky on politics and poetry

As Americans head to the polls, Nasim Asl sat down with spoken word artist come rapper, George Watsky, to talk politics and poetry. As far as hip hop artists go, George Watsky is unusual. His journey to the genre has been a weird one. He brought out a collection of poetry and performed as a spoken […]

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The OxStu End-of-Summer Arts Competition 2016

OxStu Art and Lit are delighted to announce that our End-of-Summer Arts Competition is now accepting submissions! The summer vac is a mystical time where all of Oxford’s photographers, painters, poets, and writers disperse all over the world, taking a break from writing their tutorial essays by creating amazing art. Now, we want to share […]

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