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Friday poem: 'Homage' by Rachael Boast

What's the magic of this poem? Ritual and prophecy play a part. And perhaps prayer too. Of course, poems worth knowing often require an act of homage themselves – 'going/back to the same place until it knows you'.

The exhilaration of writing

Ellen Feldman's latest novel The Unwitting tells the story of a marriage set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the CIA. Here, she talks about her interest in the relationship between the private and the political and how she came to write fiction for a living.

Friday poem: 'Burning Eyes' by John Kinsella

This week's poem is 'Burning Eyes' by John Kinsella. I find the intensity of this encounter with nature, and the mystery of it, compelling: the sense of a vivid presence, the consciousness behind... 

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