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PN Review 178

Edited by Michael Schmidt

PN Review 178
Series: PN Review
Imprint: PN Review
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • PN Review 178, featuring the cover painting 'Parys Mountain, Anglesey, 2005' by Mary Harman, includes:

    • Poems by Kate Kilalea, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Edward Hirsch, John F. Deane, Arto Payaslian, Rodney Pybus and others.

    • Roger Caldwell on MacNeice's realism and anti-realism.

    • Adrian May listens to Arctic Monkeys.

    • M.G. Stephens remembers St Mark's in the Bowery.

    • Helena Nelson rediscovers Persephone in Hades.

    • John Muckle on Ed Dorn's theatre of impatience.

    • A broad analysis of the current poetry scene, including reviews of works by Eavan Boland, Paul Celan, Alice Oswald, Galway Kinnell, Jack Mapanje, Iain Sinclair, Carol Rumens and others.

    • In his editorial, Michael Schmidt celebrates the centenary of Auden's birth, claiming that in 2007 the poet is 'better known than he has ever been, and better loved.'


    Michael Schmidt FRSL, poet, scholar, critic and translator, was born in Mexico in 1947; he studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford, before settling in England. Among his many publications are several collections of poems and a novel, The Colonist (1981), about a boy’s childhood in Mexico. He is general ... read more
    Awards won by Michael Schmidt Winner, 2016 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem - Sasha Dugdale's 'Joy', published in PN Review 227  (PN Review 227 )
    Praise for Michael Schmidt 'Its pleasures are longer term ones: as you return to it and re-read its substantial selections, you come to appreciate how and what each contributor is working on.'

    Jane Routh, The North 66

    '...this is the joy of New Poetries VIII: time and again you discover refreshing and compelling new styles and subjects'

    Jake Morris-Campbell, The Poetry School

    '...probably the most informative and entertaining poetry journal in the English-speaking world.'
    John Ashbery
     'The most engaged, challenging and serious-minded of all the UK's poetry magazines.'
    Simon Armitage
    'It has attempted to take poetry out of the backwaters of intellectual life and to find in it again the crucial index of cultural health.'
    Cairns Craig, Times Literary Supplement
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