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Friday poem: ‘Japanese Maple’ by Clive James

Friday poem: ‘Japanese Maple’ by Clive James

Friday, 10 April 2015

Your death, near now, is of an easy sort.
So slow a fading out brings no real pain.
Breath growing short
Is just uncomfortable. You feel the drain
Of energy, but thought and sight remain:

Friday poem: the power of poetry read aloud

Friday, 12 September 2014

This poem begs to be read aloud, I think. In doing so, the repetition – of words and of rhyming sounds – takes on different shades of mournfulness. The rhymes begin to sound painful and there's a sense of feeling compelled to keep picking at a wound, of not allowing it to heal.

Language is a confusing thing

Friday, 05 September 2014

Do you ever get your hair confused with your horses? In French, that is. The speaker in this week's Friday poem, 'Use Complete Sentences' by Ian Duhig, remembers all too well just how frustrating language can be, especially when it's not your own. I love the way he runs with his mistake...

Burial Rites: a photo essay from Iceland

Burial Rites: a photo essay from Iceland

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Jennifer Lawrence has signed up to star in a film adaptation of Hannah Kent's novel Burial Rites. Here, Hannah shares some of her photos from her time spent in Iceland, visiting the real places from the book. Burial Rites is based on the true story of a woman, Agnes Magnúsdóttir, who is charged with the brutal murder of her former master in 1829.