poetry

Allowed to dream

My mind a seed inside dark earth
I didn’t know was allowed to dream,
told none my dreams, so did not grow.
No self-belief. Wrong was my song.

When chanced to tell, my dreams came true
because I heard the...

Dr Kangatharan created this book to give scientists the opportunity to express their artistic voice, and artists the opportunity to express their scientific voice. Kangatharan’s book is novel in two ways: she has created poems in several languages all centred around...

"Its maps, they say, are in our minds already:
How else could we adventure in that country
So sure of paths we never walked upon?

I listen to the children, not yet three,
Dancing out the tongue's deep mystery,
Threading the maze of meaning and...

Tomorrow’s World Poetry Day sees the publication of ‘These Are The Hands: Poems From the Heart of the NHS’. The book ‘offers a unique insight into the real experiences of the people at the heart of the NHS – from the student nurse at the start of his career to the heart...

We have decided to publish the judges’ three favourites in print, with three more in this online version.

‘Beginning,’ He Answered.

The blank look on their faces
let Sisyphus know that they didn’t understand
that the hard part wasn’t...

"Its maps, they say, are in our minds already:
How else could we adventure in that country
So sure of paths we never walked upon?

I listen to the children, not yet three,
Dancing out the tongue's deep mystery,
Threading the maze of meaning and...

Perhaps it’s appropriate for a book about metaphor that it doesn’t quite do what it says on the tin. Rather, it is the story of Holyoak’s quest to combine the objective view of the experimental psychologist with the subjective view of the poet – in order to create a kind of...

When did you decide that you were going to be a poet?
I was always writing when I was in school, but I didn't decide then. Even when I was at sixth form, university, I was always writing but I never called myself a poet.

I think I decided I was...

We selected three winners this year, from Rebecca Poinot, Hanna Akalu and Angharad Morgan.

Three

One afternoon of April, 1963, you opened your eyes, 
For the very first time 
Two parents by your sides, sisters 1-2-3, 
   opening...

"Its maps, they say, are in our minds already:
How else could we adventure in that country
So sure of paths we never walked upon?

I listen to the children, not yet three,
Dancing out the tongue's deep mystery,
Threading the maze of meaning and...