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Sunday, March 4, 2018
Hobbyism and the poet
The recent brouhaha over Rebecca Watts' essay for PN Review, 'The Cult of the Noble Amateur' , re-drew the battle-lines betwee...
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Fact or fiction?
Literary journalism loves lists, and lists are (usefully for literary journalism) always controversial. Robert McCrum's 100 best non-fi...
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
That was the (poetry) year that was
Somewhat contrary to expectations, the world seems to have survived 2017, and continues to produce plenty of new poetry for us to enjoy. It ...
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Today is the UK's Remembrance Sunday. Seeing the preparations for this commemoration in the last few days, during the country's four...
Friday, November 10, 2017
The results for the Resurgence Poetry Prize 2017 are out and I am pleased to see that one of my poems, 'Fractures' , has been comm...
Friday, September 22, 2017
People find some curious ways to promote poetry. One strategy I've often noticed ( and already complained about when journalists do it )...
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Top ten poetry pop songs
Okay, this is a frivolous post, but there's nothing I like better than a pop song that gives a nod to the world of poetry. True, there...
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Running a poetry book group
As some readers of this blog may already be aware that I have started running a poetry book group in cooperation with my local independent b...
Monday, August 14, 2017
Not a defence of Philip Larkin
Hull is currently UK city of culture for 2017, so you would think its most famous literary resident, the poet Philip Larkin, would be gettin...
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Short and sweet
As the title of this blog suggests, when I write here, I write about poetry. However, my own reading fluctuates between phases of only wanti...
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