Summer 2019

Summer 2019

‘I think this is a really good time for poetry. If anybody ever thought poetry was a luxury, that’s gone. Poetry is a necessary remedy to a lot of the darkness we are subject to.’ Tracy K Smith, USA Poet Laureate, The Observer 30.06.19 The Rialto No. 92 is now out in...
On scientists and their poetry

On scientists and their poetry

Over the last few weeks I’ve found myself using the phrase ‘think like a poet’ a lot, especially as the final idea I want to leave people with, at the end of beginning to write workshops. It sounds sufficiently exhortatory (especially if I’m windmilling my arms while...
HOME (FOR A MONTH) IN GRASMERE

HOME (FOR A MONTH) IN GRASMERE

In March this year it was my great fortune to stay in Grasmere with the Wordsworth Trust as their poet in residence. The reach of the Trust is huge and I would urge anyone who doesn’t know about them to find out: https://wordsworth.org.uk/ The brief for the residency...
Magic in the reeds

Magic in the reeds

Magic in the reeds: A day at Wicken Fen with Professor Nick Davies by Alexandra Davis   “And I …will … Show thee a jay’s nest, and instruct thee how To snare the nimble marmoset. I’ll bring thee To clustering filberts, and sometimes I’ll get thee Young scamels...
SEAN WAI KEUNG

SEAN WAI KEUNG

‘i think i want to write about race’ really thats really cool can you do that arent you white o so you decided to go full american then will you send me your poems i think thats a good move for you are they going to be performance poems i thought you hated that sort...
Cold Fire – The Bowie launch event

Cold Fire – The Bowie launch event

We don’t tend to often get decent photos of launches, however Jon Stone took a fair few really good shots including some of the Bowie-oke. and we thought it might be nice to share some of them. We’ve tried to find one of everybody from the pictures we...
Nature and Place

Nature and Place

We have had a few anxious emails asking what exactly we are looking for in entries for this competition, (apart, of course, from poems that reach out and intoxicate the reader). I’m going to try to answer this, but unfortunately, for those of you who like clear...
Kate Wakeling on Writing

Kate Wakeling on Writing

It’s taken me ages to find my way with writing, to feel that I was allowed, internally, to get on with it. From there, it’s been a brilliant and slightly terrifying experience to put a first pamphlet together, and I’ve maybe not yet quite caught up with the idea of it...

Education in poetry

This is the first of what will hopefully become an ongoing series of guest blogs featuring regularly on The Rialto website. Education in poetry During the day, when I’m not writing, you can find me running an antiquarian bookshop in North London, surrounded by...
On the voice and poetry

On the voice and poetry

I like the idea of the voice being betwixt and between. Moving from the body out to the world. Of belonging neither to the world of objects (not a bodily thing) nor to that dreadful (dead-full) world of text – where when we read, all we try to do is get what the text...
Poetry champs

Poetry champs

I’ve just had the slightly daunting task of trying to find all of The Rialto covers from the last 25 years, scattered as they are to the four winds, or corners of the offices, studios and tenements we variously inhabit. It’s thrown up some rather lovely...