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Whitworth Art Gallery
The Whitworth Gallery, a space of intrigue and illumination for many poets in Manchester, opens its doors again in spectacular style on the weekend of the 14th February. read more
Rego Retold exhibition announced at The Southbank Centre
Supported through the Arts Council's public funding: Grants for the Arts  The Saison Poetry Library at The Southbank Centre in London has announced the dates for an exhibition of Rego Retold ; Owen Lowery 's poetic responses to the artworks of Anglo-Portuguese visual artist, Dame Paula Rego . This exhibition brings together one of the most striking new voices in contemporary poetry and an artist widely celebrated as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in contemporary art. read more
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Last Day of the Year Last Day of the Year Michael Kruger Tr. Karen Leeder and Richard Dove
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Portraits Portraits Elaine Feinstein
Otherwise Otherwise John Dennison
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C.H. Sisson Reader C.H. Sisson Reader Ed. Patrick McGuinness and Charlie Louth
Poem of the Day

A Stone Carver Reads Rilke

Mary O'Malley

    All summer the air was full of them.
    His eye is drawn up into their element
    as if some ocular shift enabling him to see
    a new colour had occurred in June, when he read
    the first Elegy, compensation for faith lost.
    He is aware of birds. He buys only Italian shoes.
    From that year on he gave up Christs,
    Madonnas, Baby Jesuses. The angle where the marble
    dovetailed into a roof no longer interested him.
    He was hooked on the beginnings of terror.
    Each angel is shod in hobnailed boots
    weighted against her essence,
    either because he trusted less
    in the nature of stone than of his creation
    or because he believed in stout footwear.
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