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Autumn 2021 Issue 100

3 Editorial André Naffis-Sahely Our History in Verse 7 Charles Boyle Writ in Water 8 Katherine Gallagher Impromptu 9 Reyahn King Letter from Leytonstone 10 Moniza Alvi The Country at My Shoulder 11 Debjani Chatterjee Learning the Imperialist’s Language 12 Helen Dunmore The Surgeon Husband 13 E A Markham Taxis 14 Martha Kapos Fishing 15 Dennis O’Driscoll All 16 Peter Redgrove The Bird Sanctuary, Padstow 17 Kwame Dawes Cocoa Pod 18 Vernon Scannell Indian Summer 19 Les Murray The Machine-Gunning of Charm 20 Tomaž Šalamun Nations 21 Choman Hardi Mixed Marriage 22 Vénus KhouryGhata from Borderlines 24 Leontia Flynn “Country Songs” 25 Alice Oswald from Dunt 26 Frances Leviston The Fortune-teller 27 Fabio Moràbito To Federico Gaxiola 28 Kit Fan Night Temples 29 Sharon Olds Sleekit Cowrin’ 30 Kathleen Jamie Hawk and Shadow 31 Maria Stepanova (as they must) 32 Niall Campbell ‘The Letter Always Arrives at its Destination’ 33 Sarah Howe from A loop of jade 35 David Harsent from Salt 36 Kayombo Chingonyi Broomhall 37 Declan Ryan Happy Days 38 Alice Notley Creating the Memory Collage 39 Fred D’Aguiar Sun Rises in Mid-City, LA 40 Romalyn Ante Nadare 41 Hibaq Osman Countdown New Poems 43 Durs Grünbein Conferencier // Inner emptiness 44 Anne Vegter Other news 45 Sara Elkamel Separation Calls 45 Ellen McAteer My Mother as Snake 46 Jee Leong Koh Mark, November 3, 2006 (Fri), Dante Café 46 Philip Metres Plague Psalm 47 Tim Liardet The Wildfires Speak in Thoughts 48 Nillanthan Mother of Two Martyrs // On Our Return – October 2009 49 Julian Stannard Love in the Time of Corona 50 Tony Barnstone Fortress America 50 Jodie Hollander Green Beans 51 Aleksandar Hemon The World, 2nd Draft 52 Ava Koohbor The War Competition 63 The Winners of Poetry London’s 2021 Prize Featured Essays and Reviews 53 How To Be A Poet: A Collage 59 Dai George: Postcard from the ’90s 61 Christopher Reid on Poems of London 69 Aoife Lyall salutes two great Irish poets 73 Jenny Wong on three powerful, witty books of self-assertion 76 Stephanie Sy-Quia on three collections that wrestle with contemporary events 79 Erin Cunningham on three collections that explore the entanglement of human and natural worlds 83 Kate Simpson on plurality, authenticity and reinvention in the age of hyper-connectivity 86 Katrina Naomi on five outstanding pamphlets 89 John Clegg on J H Prynne’s productive lockdown year 70 Pratyusha on a tactile, probing debut collection 91 Pratyusha on a tactile, probing debut collection 93 Dan O’Brien on Negative Capability & the Fox Sisters of Hydesville 97 Notes on Contributors 98 Acknowledgements 99 Poetry London’s Editors: 1988–2021

Cover Illustration: Zigmunds Lapsa

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