Poem of the week: Slow Waker by Thom Gunn

This portrait of a sleepy adolescent at breakfast is intensely affectionate – without ever sentimentalising youth

Slow Waker

I look at the nephew,
eighteen, across the breakfast.
He had to be called and called.
He smiles, but without
conviction. He will not
have tea, oh OK,
if it’s no trouble,
he will have tea.

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Poem of the week: Llyn Gwynant by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

A bracing celebration of the exhilaration and refreshment found in wild swimmingLlyn GwynantAll thro...

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Poem of the week: Upon Wedlock, and the Death of Children by Edward Taylor

An extraordinary, theologically agile reflection on family life bears comparison with much more famo...

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Poem of the week: Hang Gliders with Saxophones by Ian Pople

A vision of jazz’s iconic instrument as an acrobatic, airborne wonderThe saxophones circle in the a...

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Poem of the week: Air by Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Moving elusively between private and public worlds, the poet finds grace in small, shared momentsAir...

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Poem of the week: Last Hope by Ben Wilkinson

This version of a sonnet by the French symbolist poet Paul Verlaine has a down-to-earth lyricism re...

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Poem of the week: 1963 by Meg Cox

A ‘youthful-memory’ poem from A Square of Sunlight, a debut collection from a poet who didn’t sta...

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