Dangerous liaisons and stolen loves... Popescu judge Sasha Dugdale on poetry in translation; The writing muscle: how the National Poetry Competition has transformed writers; Between two fires – Christopher James on poetry and the supernatural; Charles Wright: John Glenday's Poetry Hero; Close up: Matthew Sweeney on list poems; Jemma Borg on her Banff residency; Colette Sensier interviews Neil Astley of Bloodaxe Books.
Plus… Are you game for National Poetry Day Live? C.K. Williams' 'On growing older (still)' in Liverpool; Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award sets another record. Members' Poems on the theme of ‘chimera', selected by W.N. Herbert.
In the republic of poetry: Kaite O'Reilly wins the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry; "Bawr. Bawr. Stretterhawl?" Jon Stone on sci-fi meets poetry; Karen McCarthy Woolf on writing and reading in prisons; Poetry Hero – Jane Draycott on the Pearl Poet; Close-up – Robert Saxton on trees in the poetry of Larkin, Muldoon, Paterson and Jamie; On the Racks – Jacob Denno of Popshot and Nigel McLoughlin of Iota talk to Colette Sensier.
Plus… C.K. Williams's Annual Lecture in Newcastle and London; Emma Danes wins the Hamish Canham Prize; NPC winners at the Ledbury Festival. Members' Poems on the theme of ‘neighbours’, selected by Polly Clark.
Starry Dynamo:does the new film 'Howl' do Allen Ginsberg justice, asks Sam Riviere; and Poetry Hero – Alison Brackenbury on retuning our ears to Rudyard Kipling; Close-up – Anna Johnson on Found Poetry; Picture This: John Glenday, Pascale Petit and John Stammers on the inspiration of Julian Opie, Frida Kahlo and Patrick Caulfield; Kona Macphee and Jo Bell on Facebook for poets; and Peter Sansom on 25 years of The North.
Plus… Newcomer wins the National Poetry Competition 2011; C.K. Williams takes this year's Annual Lecture nationwide; Ted Hughes Award shortlist; SLAMbassadors Showcase with Linton Kwesi Johnson and Members' Poems on the theme of ‘vegetables’, selected by Ruth Fainlight.
The moment's contender: Julia Bird welcomes the T.S. Eliot Prize shortlist; Future tense: Colette Sensier interviews Chris Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing; Seasonal songs: poets' Christmas card poems; Waxing lyrical – Jenny Swan on running Candlestick Press; Poets in their place: Kate Evans on Edith Sitwell in Scarborough; and Poetry Hero: Henri Michaux – Ian Pindar's tribute.
Plus… Poems for the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree; the launch of the Young Poets' Network; NPD Live report; Michael Swan wins Stanza Prize and Members' Poems on the theme of ‘friends’, selected by Sam Riviere.