[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 a hungover morning listening to Radio 3 prompts me to ramble about why Paul Muldoon teaches me about connection in poetry.
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…
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