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Anna Reckin: The field and the turf: thinking about length and breadth

Working as I do with organic, open forms, length is always a consideration: an intrinsic part of how the poem works. For shorter poems ­ – and some of my … Continue reading »

Robert Minhinnick: About ‘Wild Swimming…’

About ‘Wild Swimming…’ “Nothing comes from nowhere” is a mantra that make increasing sense to me. My writing depends on memory, location, association. And writing, especially my poetry, sparks into … Continue reading »

Ian Seed: A Process of Abandonment

I have little self-confidence when it comes to writing long pieces, and usually will only do so under extreme pressure, for example having to submit my PhD thesis in 2012. … Continue reading »

Jane Duran: Slow Crossings

In 2010 Long Poem Magazine published my poem Panama Canal. The poem formed part of my sequence Graceline which Enitharmon brought out that same year. When I was 11 years … Continue reading »

Penelope Shuttle: Some Thoughts on the Long Poem as an Extended Sequence

I like to both write and read very brief poems where image and idea combine in an instantaneous cleansing of perception.  There is a vitality and resonance about working in … Continue reading »

Ian Duhig: ‘Machines’ Parts

The first thing I want to do is bear witness to the value of the Long Poem Magazine’s mission; I found working on a larger scale liberating and productive, but … Continue reading »

Timothy Adès: How Do I Do It? – Translating & Writing Poetry

I’ve no idea how I do it – the words come from somewhere. From the Muse – that’s as good an answer as any. I start and, mostly, I go … Continue reading »

Mark Goodwin: Magishun & Shadows

I’m afraid that as I begin to think about putting into prose how a poem was made the whole process seems to slip away into the shadows . . .  … Continue reading »

Susan Watson: A Confrontation and a Conversation – Miriam Leivers Reads ‘Middlemarch’

I came upon Anne Carson’s long poem ‘The Glass Essay’ by accident, while browsing in a second-hand bookshop. ‘The Glass Essay’ is a narrative in which a nameless ‘I’ records … Continue reading »