Poetry | I dreamed I stopped traffic by Rishi Dastidar

Rishi DastidarI dreamed I stopped traffic (for Lynsey, after Vance Packard) not in my Maidenform bra more's the pity,but rather with my attempt to be...

Poetry | Simon Armitage | Untitled

Simon ArmitageUntitled ~How will                the dawn arrive?                        ...

Poetry | Leonie Rushforth | Two poems from Deltas

Leonie RushforthAn Irishman flies in from New York to see Krapp’s Last Tape and falls asleep on someone’s shoulder Up in the steep dark, body...

Poetry | Michelle Penn | Retablo for blast glass

Michelle PennRetablo for blast glass Sentimentality is a sign of self- abnegation, he tells me and I think of trinitite: sand drawn into the fiery helmet of the burn,...

Poetry | Tamsin Hopkins | Grandfathers in Helium | Blue Ladder

Tamsin HopkinsGrandfathers in Helium It’s Spring. I decide to write a sad play called Grandfathers in Helium, about all four of my grandfathers. Because relatives tie...

Poetry | Three Poems by Tania Ganitsky (trans. Rosalind Harvey)

Tania Ganitsky (trans. Rosalind Harvey)Three Poems The first poem of the year tells of what I will touch: the unbudded leaves of the begonia, someone’s body as...

Poetry | On the Way Back by Alfredo Vanín Romero (trans....

Alfredo Vanín Romero (trans. Robin Myers)On the Way Back We traced the path in our bodies. It seemed to lead nowhere, but the hope endures...

Poetry | The cutting room by Yogesh Patel

Yogesh PatelThe cutting roomAfter dementia Psychological Continuity But for the edits.......Gran was trapped in the storylines.......broken & fragmented with grandpa directing the day’s set with props.... in chaos .......&...

Poetry | rainbow by Aoife Lyall

Aoife Lyallrainbow Dripping in dragon’s blood, vermillion, rosso corsa, I prise the lids off paint tins full of anxious amber, ginger, saffron. I use whatever I can find—...

Poetry | Margaret Corvid | Singing in the Dark Times

Margaret CorvidSinging in the Dark Times The following work is drawn from Singing in the Dark Times, the first full collection of poems by Margaret...

Poetry | Lila Matsumoto | Two Twin Pipes Sprout Water

Lila MatsumotoTwo Twin Pipes Sprout Water A Poetry Book Society recommendation for Winter 2021, Two Twin Pipes Sprout Water is the second collection by Lila...

Extract | 36 Exposures by Hoagy Houghton and Dominic Jaeckle

The following section is re-produced from 36 Exposures, a new book collaboration between Hoagy Houghton and Dominic Jaeckle, published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe. To purchase...

Essay | Poetry and Film in Colombia by Charles Olsen

Charles OlsenPoetry and Film in Colombia A New Zealander drawn to Colombian poetry films? Having interviewed filmmakers of Spain and Portugal for the book The...

Poetry | Untitled Poetry by Samuel Vásquez (trans. Christina MacSweeney)

Samuel Vásquez (trans. Christina MacSweeney)Untitled Poetry My coherence isn’t well received. Coherence is a chosen not obligatory inheritance. They expect me to split. Employ social...

Poetry | Silence by Yirama Castaño Güiza (trans. Christina MacSweeney)

Yirama Castaño Güiza (trans. Christina MacSweeney)Silence ‘Each photograph leaves a trail of silence’ Trika, Brazilian documentary photographer The rain has filtered through the cracks, like droplets of...

Poetry | The Rolling Head by Rómulo Bustos Aguirre (trans. Christina...

Rómulo Bustos Aguirre (trans. Christina MacSweeney)The Rolling Head   to all the people in my country who have been disappeared  One man executed another man cleanly and extra-judicially...

Review | Everlove by Maggie Butt

Carol DeVaughnA review of Everlove by Maggie Butt This heartfelt and moving collection opens with a sequence inspired by the American  artist, Mary Behrens, in...

Poetry | Hyperlove by Naomi Morris

Naomi MorrisHyperlove The two pieces below are reproduced with permission from the closing stages of Hyperlove by Naomi Morris (Makina Books, September 2021). Hyperlove burns...

Poetry | I leave myself in the bull-filled room by Alice...

Alice MerryI leave myself in the bull-filled room  i. ...The bull fills the room.......................................................................throws ...its horns.............wide...................................................................handfuls of barnacle.................tapering............into slick ivory points.................medieval    ...chessmen  spearing..................................................................the paintwork .........................................................................................................the bull ...is slick dense...

Poetry | Joan Brossa | Six Poems (El saltamartí)

Joan BrossaEl saltamartí / The Tumbler Joan Brossa creates distilled excitement. He is both wise and wild. His poems are surreal and matter-of-fact, playful and...

Poetry | The Proof by Rosamund Taylor

The following piece was published in our February/March 2021 issue of the magazine. Rosamund TaylorThe ProofTasting her still, I'd walk home in smog, frost, past burnt-out...

Poetry | Girl, Hotel Mirror by Laurie Bolger

Laurie BolgerGirl, Hotel Mirror  In a hotel mirror, a woman is snogging her own face. News reporters gather, shout things like: what about other peoples faces? Without looking away she...

Poetry | You are my Winter by Claire Wong

The following piece is published as part of our TLM Young Writers series, a dedicated section of The London Magazine's website which showcases the...

Poetry | The Older Touches by Bibhu Padhi

There are times when I remember / all of them fondly enough for them / to be here once more, all around / this house, which is far away from / where they were around, and at this hour, / far away again from my childhood fears. / Now I can just think of them. And / what is thinking except the mind’s / imaginings, the heart speaking to itself / in the darkness of default, fearing alien / ears, the world’s participation in the shame / of being touched in front of others? [...]

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