You can read the poem I’m talking about on this page here. ** The grammar of the opening sentence of Isabel Galleymore’s ‘The Ocean’ – and therefore the opening gambit of her book Significant Other – is designed to trip us up and then to catch us as we fall. At the end of the…
[this review first appeared in PN Review 231, Volume 43 Number 1, September – October 2016.]
[This review first appeared in Poetry Wales]
In which I talk about Denise Riley’s poem ‘Lines starting with La Rochefoucauld’
In which I discuss Amali Rodrigo’s poem ‘Eagle Eating a Flamingo’
In which the clash of quantitative data with literature makes bad politics happen, and I’m sorry.
In which I conclusively rebut the poetic debut of a close friend of mine.
In which the mask of impartiality probably slips too much. Read Kei Miller.
Written for Wild Court.
In which I talk about the problems (and, a bit, the values) of prize culture in the UK.
Written for The Poetry Review.
[the following was first given as a paper at the British and Irish Poetry Conference, at the University of Manchester, in 2012 (and, as a result, it’s really quite academic and dry – I promise you I can be more fun than this). An edited version also appeared in Oxford Poetry] ☺ “Poetry and progress…
[This review first appeared in Poetry Wales] * Sheenagh Pugh, Short Days, Long Shadows (Seren) The blurb of Sheenagh Pugh’s twelfth collection Short Days, Long Shadows describes her as a poet who ‘considers “too accessible” to be the best sort of compliment’. So often the back of a book of a book of poetry sells…
[This review first appeared in PN Review.] * Lawrence Sail, The Key to Clover and other essays (Shoestring Press) Peter Hughes, Allotment Architecture (Reality Street) J.O. Morgan, At Maldon (CB editions) Brendan Kennelly, Guff (Bloodaxe) Running through Lawrence Sail’s The Key to Clover and other essays is a division of the world into that which can…