In the latest issue:

In Quarantine

Erin Maglaque

Après Brexit

Ferdinand Mount

Short Cuts: Springtime for Donald

David Bromwich

Meetings with their Gods

Claire Hall

‘Generation Left’

William Davies

At the North Miami Museum: Alice Paalen Rahon

Mary Ann Caws

Buchan’s Banter

Christopher Tayler

‘American Dirt’

Christian Lorentzen

Fiction and the Age of Lies

Colin Burrow

In Lahore

Tariq Ali


James Lasdun

Rereading Bowen

Tessa Hadley

At the Corner House

Rosemary Hill

William Gibson

Thomas Jones

Poem: ‘Murph & Me’

August Kleinzahler

The Stud File

Kevin Brazil

John Boorman’s Quiet Ending

David Thomson

In Shanghai: The West Bund Museum

John-Paul Stonard

Diary: The Deborah Orr I Knew

Jenny Turner


Freezing out of season
    with Eid after Easter
– a provisional city
   a concatenation
of loose roundabouts
    building sites
  and razor wire –
scars of forced demolitions
    occupation and new wealth
Little Bantustan
      rimmed twice with checkpoints
      of the stone’s-throw distance
disconnected phone lines
  no phone lines
    and roads
stopping short
     Hard-core and gravel
a job-lot of kerbstones
    wires spewing from snowcem
as frozen rain fumes up
     the broken street
Visibility: zilch
     Rattling windows in the teashop
jammed shut with old rags
  steamed-up with the steam
from chai bi nana
  from the honey tobacco
of ancient nargilas
   from gossip and politics and love
The dank rotting theatre
     perished through
with thirty years of enforced
   Plush slides
off the chairs
    dust rots through the curtains
and every human breath
     exhales its weather upwards
in a cloud
   I never found the centre
      just a ring
of handsome policemen
     dressed in blue

Send Letters To:

The Editor
London Review of Books,
28 Little Russell Street
London, WC1A 2HN

Please include name, address, and a telephone number.

Read anywhere with the London Review of Books app, available now from the App Store for Apple devices, Google Play for Android devices and Amazon for your Kindle Fire.

Read More

Sign up to our newsletter

For highlights from the latest issue, our archive and the blog, as well as news, events and exclusive promotions.

Newsletter Preferences