Press release: 30 March 2009

The Spring Edition of Poetry Review: Psycho-geographies

The spring issue of Poetry Review explores how space and personality relate. It also features a collection of specially-commissioned birthday poems Oh! Mr Porter, to celebrate poet Peter Porter’s eightieth birthday. Contributors include Clive James, Andrew Motion, Alan Jenkins, Ian Duhig, Les Murray, Sean O’Brien and Gwyneth Lewis. As editor Fiona Sampson writes, Porter’s new book "is a vigorous, moving – and terrifying – continuation of his life-long engagement with the truth and limit of the European take on what it means to be human". We publish an extraordinary collection of poetry dedicated to Porter from an illustrious cohort of his admirers. Porter himself judges the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for 2008, a prize awarded to a Review poet who has not yet published a first collection.

Elsewhere, the Spring issue of Poetry Review celebrates and investigates with major new poems by C.K. Williams, Hugo Williams, Martin Harrison, and, in a new translation by Elaine Feinstein, Marina Tsvetaeva.

In Poetry Review’s centrefold, John Kinsella contemplates the telecommunications masts crowning (and colonising) the vast Australian outback. This issue also sees Tom Lowenstein’s account of life with an Inuit community in the ‘land-fast’ icy broads of Alaska, and Paul Farley’s stunning Memorial Lecture on MacNeice’s landscapes. Oksana Zavuzhko discusses the experience of being a poet in the Ukraine from the 1920s’ ‘Short Renaissance’ to Brezhnev’s purges. "Of all arts," she writes, "poetry is the least demanding in terms of the author’s working conditions".

In our reviews section, Steven Matthews looks at Ciaran Carson’s career, Sarah Crown reviews the delicate, complex poetry of Medbh McGuckian and Josephine Dickinson, and Jane Holland writes on why Wendy Cope is "the wittiest person writing in Britain today".

Poetry Review is a world class publication and Britain’s longest-running and most prestigious poetry magazine. Re-founded under its present title in 1911 by Harold Monro, it continues to be the UK’s "magazine of record" (The Guardian) and this year celebrates its centenary with an anthology, A Century of Poetry Review (Carcanet, November) edited by Sampson. It is the UK’s bestselling poetry magazine, hailed by Andrew Motion as "required reading".

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Notes to editors

  • Founded in 1909, The Poetry Society celebrates its centenary year this spring with celebratory events throughout the year.
  • Poetry Review is available for subscription. Telephone 0207 420 9881 or email [email protected].


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