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War and peace at Poetry International 2010

By Lavinia Singer  

A mural on the Israeli West Bank Barrier.

In 1967, Ted Hughes and Patrick Garland sought to bring out the poets behind the iron curtain with the inaugural Poetry International festival. Now, in 2010, this same festival focuses closely, although by no means exclusively, upon the conflict and strife in the middle east. Saturday’s opening night event “Times they are a-changing: the middle east meets the UK” commingled east and west, as eight…

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