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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

Close
Close

The Letter

He stooped to assess
The scrap of paper drenched with
Rain and dried by wind,

An ending: ‘One can
Love anything, so how much
Better it was you.’

Vacation

While they all went off
To France and to Italy
She stayed on the moon,

Ankled in white dust,
Walking down the craters and
Sleeping by earth light.

Reflection

Shakespeare looked in the
Glass and saw a seller of
Gloves, so moved to where

All men act what they
Are, or are not, or might be:
But the words are true.

Gratitude

He was grateful for
The illusions that held him
Steady all his life

As a cage with straw
Keeps an animal breathing
Through the long winter.

Overhead

I like, she said in
Passing, to evoke turmoil,
And what could be more

Evocative than
This? – with which she stepped over
The near parapet.

Reading

During the bad time
He found he was reading to
Get the book finished

Each book he opened
Was either alien or
Simply too well known.

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