The 250th Issue of PN Review

In November this journal will reach the milestone of 250 issues, and in order to celebrate this we will be releasing one piece of poetry, criticism or journalism each week from the 46-year back catalogue which continues to exemplify PN Review's conviction that poetry, at its best, is enactive, and what it does matters more [...]

The Year They Invented Modern Poetry

By Grevel Lindop Whether anyone is planning a celebration, I don’t know. But 2012 is an important anniversary, for it is – as far as any single year can be – the centenary of the invention of modern poetry in Britain. A big claim; but the linguistic, rhetorical and formal territory occupied by most contemporary [...]

Four Poems: Caroline Clark

Odysseus is Gone And slendering to his burning rim               Into the flat blue mist the sun               Drops out and all our day is done. I see it happening late –            your face becomes elsewhere        slendering like    that sun you’re sinking, sunken, gone            ocean-heavy to your bed and         we (the shadowing    land?) are soon bereft of you.            On days like these we        don’t get to wave    goodbye [...]

Some Kind of Love Poem (and other poems) M.G. Stephens

Some Kind of Love Poem From this position, love appears, or fromThat angle, there it is, though completelyUnexpected, even a surprise, andMaybe not even welcome, after all,There are so many other things to do,Like going to the gym or making listsOf things to do, love not being one ofThose items listed, and yet love is there,Unexpectedly [...]

Why So Much Talk About Language in Our Time? by Laura (Riding) Jackson

For a journal ostensibly about the living, written word, PN Review is suitably preoccupied with the language we use to express ourselves, and the techniques through which analysis of such expression is possible. Language is of course one of the most important aspects of our society, one of the few things that truly set us [...]

Adam Long Trigger Warning

Review: Sean O'Brien, Europa (Picador) £9.99 In PN Review 242, Adam Long reviewed Sean O'Brien's Europa in an analysis of O'Brien's ninth collection. In his ninth collection of poems, Europa, Sean O’Brien’s ‘tackles England and its relationship with Europe through their tangled history and into the uncertain future’, and ranges impressively from the legacy of the [...]

Rubber Stamps: Michael Augustin on his Visual Poems

By Michael Augustin A pair of scissors, a tube of glue, carton paper and a photocopy machine – such have been my beloved tools since I had moved from my old black and white fine line drawings to the fantastic field of collage. Readers of PN Review may remember samples of my work printed along with poems or essays by [...]

Silence and Breathing

In this week's post from the PN Review archive we are sharing a poem by David Andrew . For more great poetry be sure to check out our website and Twitter for regular updates. … the subjects of literature in the finalanalysis are fairly limited, it’s essentiallyall about either betrayal or about loveor good luck.              – [...]

In Conversation: Alan Hollinghurst and John Fuller

Alan Hollinghurst: I was noticing some numerical coincidences. The first poems in your first book (Fairground Music, 1961) you wrote when you were seventeen in 1954, the year I was born. Then I met you when I was seventeen and became your pupil the following year and began to write under your encouragement. I think it was the time of Cannibals and [...]

Light from Dusty Papers: R.S Thomas

A report by Sheila Savill In PN Review 196, Sheila Savill's report on 'work still in progress' , explored the illuminating ways in which official records such as census returns and registers of births marriages and deaths, could help to enhance our understanding of the life and writings of R.S. Thomas. The realisation that no [...]

Poems and Poesies by Les A. Murray

In Murray's own words, this essay 'examine[s] the mental constituents of the poetic experience and found that experience to arise from a fusion of forebrain and hindbrain thinking, that is to say, of waking mentation and that characteristic of dreaming or reverie.' This article is taken from PN Review 59, Volume 14 Number 3, January - February 1988. [...]

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