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                    "That one -
                    I want to dance through his skin."

                    Maureen Weldon

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                    • Agenda

                      Explore poems from the Middle East as part of Poetry International 2015... Read more

                    • Agenda

                      Celebrate Greek Poetry: New Voice and Ancient Echoes, with this issue of Agenda... Read more

                    • Poetry Parnassus

                      Celebrate the radical history of Poetry Review with these issues from the 60s, 70s and 80s... Read more

                    • Poetry Parnassus

                      Read poems from Poetry Parnassus in an issue of Modern Poetry in Translation... Read more

                    • Poems About Love

                      Read a selection of poems across the site written about love... Read more

                    • Festival of Britain

                      Read poetry magazines that were published in 1951 during the original Festival of Britain... Read more

                    • Poems About Death

                      Read a selection of poems across the site written about death and bereavement... Read more

                    • Librarians' favourite magazines

                      Read a selection of favourite magazines from previous Poetry Librarians as part of the library's 60th celebrations in October 2013...  Read more

                    This website was archived in March 2018. We won't be making any further updates but the content is still available for you here.

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                    most recent additions

                    Here are some of the features we've added most recently...


                    futura is a series of influential, innovative poetry broadsides published by Hansjorg Mayer between 1965 and 1969  
                    ...Read more

                    Private Tutor

                    We're delighted to bring you a full run of Private Tutor,    
                    including work by Simon Cutts, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Edwin Morgan  ...Read more


                    A special edition of Agenda, guest edited by David
                    Connolly. This issue 
                    focuses on Greek
                    Poetry: New Voices and 
                    Anicent Echoes. 
                    The new voices include Yannis Kondos,
                    Athina Papadaki and Alexandra
                    alongside ancient echoes from Homer
                    ... Read more