Geoffrey Hill's Soul, an entirely opportunistic and subjective view of Hill's anxieties as to the posthumous fate of his soul and his various angles on the workings of grace.
Infusing with J H Prynne In which we use many words to attend to a poem from the remarkable al dente collection. By paying some wishful attention we come to the provisional conclusion that this may well be a 'Grexit' poem.
Paul Celan's wordwords from Timestead. In which we pay some more than sympathetic attention to the use of language in general and compound words in particular in a forlorn attempt to illustrate the all-round brilliance of this allegedly difficult work.
Kenneth Goldsmith's Theory. In which we examine a collation of maxims, anecdotes and self-promotions, ttrying very hard to disentangle those things that have value from those that Get in the Way, Let the Side Down and Generally Distract.
The Heartbreaking Brilliance that is Vanessa Place's Last Words. In which we attempt a coherent demonstration of why Place's work is So Important for the future of the Poem and also pay attention to multi-dimensional work, the Texas crminal justice system and the need to display the bodies. We also insert a personal note as to the ways in which Last Words dismantles our emotions.
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John Bloomberg-Rissman's latest work, In the House of the Hangman is a monstrous account of how we are now by means of a daily 'mash' from many different sources
Paul Celan is recognised as one of the 20th century's greatest poets yet his later poems are mistakenly considered by many to be virtually inaccessible and 'not poetry'. Most of his work relates to the Holocaust.
Emily Dickinson produced some of the most extraordinary work of the 19th century. Her legacy continues to provoke and challenge our modern sensibilities.
Geoffrey Hill has published magnificently obdurate work throughout his long career. He continues to produce poetry that is both complex and inspiring..
Simon Jarvis produces work that has a readiness to follow its own furrow, there cannot be a wider spectrum than from a radical adventure in free verse, to a poem of 220 pages in metrical, rhyming verse.
is one of the best (and most overlooked) poets in any language in the 20th century. His work must be considered as equal to Eliot and Auden, they thought so too.
Purdey Lord Kreiden. I've been following Purdey's remarkable work on the Claudius app and have grown increasingly impressed by the development of a singular and oddly disturbing ' voice'.
John Matthias thrives on making the complex look and sound easy. He has that rare gift of being able to say profound things in a straightforward and refreshingly relaxed manner.
Charles Olsonwas an American poet whose Maximus Poems represent a grounbreaking shift in the possibilities of poetry as a working through of the relational nature of time and place.
John Peck's M is a sequence in ten parts that is full of invention. Concentrated attention brings the reader to a sense of participation in a world of subtle cadence and great technique.
J H Prynne In attending to Prynne's incredible work, readers will find that giving very close attention to words and phrases needs to go hand in hand with keeping a close eye on the apparent contexts.
Keston Sutherland In 2010, I wrote abrief introduction to Keston's work but now I've tried to produce something more considered which includes his newer work, especially the brilliant Odes to TL61P which is simply stunning
Michael Thomas Taren is producing an increasingly accomplished and important body of work which covers a broad range of forms and subject matter with an unusually high degree of technical nous.
Jonty Tipladyis making work that has now gone into a radically innovative and important (crucial) orbit that holds out hope for the future of the Poem.