Press release: 18 September 2008

The autumn issue of Poetry Review asks Where Now for Political Culture?

The autumn issue of Poetry Review is a hotbed of poetry and ideas which explore  the phenomenon of political poetry from a variety of angles. 
Arguing that poetry can still engage politically are poet and writer Blake Morrison and Independent columnist John Walsh. From Elizabethan politicians trying their hand at sonnets, to Bob Zimmerman changing his surname to Dylan in honour of the Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive, they look at the significance of poetry in political culture.
How national poetry cultures are constructed is also explored in this issue. Professor Michael Hockx of the School of Oriental and African Studies explores how Chinese authorities retain literary control in post-socialism, while Gwyneth Lewis examines the differences between recent Welsh and Irish models of national poetry.
Bernardine Evaristo and Carole Satyamurti provide a telling look at how commercial sponsors can be ill-matched to the 'political' topic of war.
Alongside of all this, there is one of the last poems written by the Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish; Paul Farley writes about the liminal landscape on the edge of cities; Robin Robertson about alienation in hotels; Thomas Lynch about farming; and Alan Jenkins about the end of England.
Poetry Review is a world class publication, and Britain’s longest-running and most prestigious poetry magazine. Started in 1909, it continues to be “the magazine of record” (Michael Schmidt in The Guardian) and as well as being the UK’s bestselling poetry magazine, hailed by Andrew Motion as “required reading”. Poetry Review has been at the forefront of many of the key artistic debates and movements in poetry and has an excellent track record of spotting new talent. 

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