Thursday, 30 September 2010
i.m. Michael Gizzi, 1949-2010
A splendid poet. You can read about him at Penn Sound.
A truly pluralist UK event
When one of last year's Eliot Prize judges commented on the breadth of the shortlist, when another poet commented on the impressive range of the Ted Hughes Award shortlist, I laughed, as the breadth of each seemed about the width of my thumbnail.
Now comes an outstanding "colloquy of poets" at the University of Hull this November, where Philip Gross and Tony Lopez have each invited four favourite poets to read with them in a wonderful array of readers and poetries: John Burnside, Kelvin Corcoran, Peter Manson, Daljit Nagra, Denise Riley, Zoe Skoulding, Carol Watts, and Susan Wicks. Unfortunately, the event is the same weekend as the National Association for Writers in Education annual conference, so I'll miss it, but if you'd like to attend (and report back?), you can find further details here--just scroll down to 13-14 November.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
The Tethers recommended
In Inpress's September newsletter, Julia Copus recommends The Tethers alongside Catherine Smith's The Butcher's Hands, Carol Ann Duffy's Mean Time, and Selima Hill's Gloria: Selected Poems. Hurrah!
Monday, 27 September 2010
Interview in Bath Life
There's a light interview with me at the end of the September-October issue of Bath Life (page 170, to be exact). It was a pleasure to talk about Bradford on Avon and Bath in particular.
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
And another online review
of Infinite Difference! Rob McLennan calls it "magnificent".
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Carol Rumens' "Daylight Spending"
Having returned from the States on Tuesday and thinking last night about how much the earlier dark affected me, I was reading Carol Rumens' new book, De Chirico's Threads, and came across this poem. I appreciate its density, how much it suggests about the nuances of living with changing light and time, and the straightforward, but not every line, rhyme. I love the opening phrase, "Atrophied days"--that's exactly right, it seems to me.
Atrophied days begin with too much light,
Cut teeth too soon, develop, and start dying
Too young. They leave us to negotiate
The road that steepens after clocks start lying
Perhaps, though, they were lying earlier?
We've put them back for synchronicity
With our sweet flaws: the legless sleeps, the dither,
The touching faith in electricity.
De Chirico's Threads
(Seren Books, 2010)
You can buy De Chirico's Threads at a 20% discount directly from the publisher.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
"As It Stands: Innovation, the Post-Avant, and Current Publishing Practices"
This interesting overview of the situation of other poetries in the UK comes from Amy De'Ath.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Another review of Infinite Difference
Another complimentary review of Infinite Difference appears online at Eyewear, written by Steve Van-Hagen.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Friday, 10 September 2010
"The Separation" on Poetry Radio
You can listen to it here.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Leslie Scalapino tribute
Fellow fans of Leslie Scalapino's work will appreciate the four-day tribute to her work appearing on Delirious Hem.
Monday, 6 September 2010
Helen Ivory asked for a poem for her Ink, Sweat & Tears blog, so today's post is my poem, "Pursuit, Dublin," originally published in the TLS.
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Women's Poetry Anthologies
I'm off to London shortly for tonight's event at The Poetry Library, "What Every Woman Would Carry: Women's Poetry Anthologies," moderated by Dr Jane Dowson, author of A Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century British Women's Poetry; my fellow panelist is Maura Dooley, editor of Making for Planet Alice: New Women's Poetry (Bloodaxe, 1997). Thoughts?
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