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Whitworth Art Gallery
The Whitworth Gallery, a space of intrigue and illumination for many poets in Manchester, opens its doors again in spectacular style on the weekend of the 14th February. read more
Rego Retold exhibition announced at The Southbank Centre
Supported through the Arts Council's public funding: Grants for the Arts  The Saison Poetry Library at The Southbank Centre in London has announced the dates for an exhibition of Rego Retold ; Owen Lowery 's poetic responses to the artworks of Anglo-Portuguese visual artist, Dame Paula Rego . This exhibition brings together one of the most striking new voices in contemporary poetry and an artist widely celebrated as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in contemporary art. read more
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Poem of the Day


Charles Tomlinson

    And so they built it:
    had it been water
    you could have watched all day.
    Its advantage is the ability
    to flow uphill, filling supine valleys
    and distant doorways
    with voices they had refused to hear
    that now bring them news of where they are -
    not in place but time. Hill-top and valley
    share the same locus now
    brimming with identical sounds.
    At the descent
    the tarmac gives back an audible cataract
    of tyre treads and changing gears
    whose density vaporised, drifting
    without limit you could not mistake
    for water music. Though the present
    has learned to flow without pause
    it is no surface to contemplate all day
    nor with headlight eyes through the dark.
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