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The Word from Wuhan

Wang Xiuying

‘The Man in the Red Coat’

Luc Sante

Is it OK to have a child?

Meehan Crist

Short Cuts: Ubu Unchained

August Kleinzahler

Bury that bastard

Nicole Flattery

Surplus Sons

Clare Bucknell

Oliver Lee Jackson

Adam Shatz

The Servant Problem

Alison Light

Poem: ‘1 x 30’

Anne Carson

The Old Bailey

Francis FitzGibbon

Jiggers, Rods and Barleycorns

James Vincent

More Marple than Poirot

J. Robert Lennon

On Rachael Allen

Matthew Bevis

Like a Ball of Fire

Andrew Cockburn

The Staffordshire Hoard

Tom Shippey

Blessed Isles

Mary Wellesley

At the Movies: ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘A Hidden Life’

Michael Wood

Redeeming Winnie

Heribert Adam

Diary: A Friendly Fighting Force

Nick McDonell

Kitchener’s BaneJamie McKendrick
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‘Be sand not oil in the world’s machine’
recommended Günter Eich. I admire
Luddites, objectors, all who sabotage
the cogs and gears of a lying culture.

Long exile from the hall of thane or hetman
leaves the bardlings’ sweet-tooth unappeased,
tuning the vocal chords to croon and charm
the world in coca-cola harmony.

But who’s this under the silken billboards
furtive, prosecutable and rash?
– damned flyposter, telltail brush and pail of glue
rucking the folds of an old mackintosh.

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