‘Romance Is Not Dead In My Native Tongue’ and other poems

Introduction My first experience of reading Onyekachi Iloh’s poems was like taking a shot of…

‘The End of Self-Help’ and other poems

Introduction In ‘St. Kevin and the Blackbird’, Seamus Heaney describes St. Kevin kneeling in prayer…

‘Understand Egg’ and other poems

Introduction In a world dominated with visuals of exteriors — whether in virtual or ‘real’…

‘The Snake’ and other poems

Introduction After reading Julia Wendell’s poems for the first time, I wrote in a note…

‘Bird, at the Stroke of Midnight’ and other poems

Introduction In my daily life in Bombay, barely do I spare a thought for the…

‘The Weight of a Sack of Rice’ and other poems

Introduction This issue’s reading period coincided with my teaching at an intensive two-week residential workshop.…

‘Duck-Hunting with Uncle Stephen’ and other poems

Introduction While curating the poems for this issue, the team employed a new ‘democratic’ approach…

‘Division, Spring’ and other poems

Introduction For several years I’d believed that most adults edge away from poetry because of…

‘Late-night Stroll with My Homie’ and other poems

Introduction In Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir, while describing ‘the colossal force of recollection’,…

‘veramma’ and other poems

Introduction This set of poems reminded me of the first time I read Jonathan Franzen’s…