Category Archives: Essays

Anja Konig -Thoughts of an Unprofessional Poet

This article by Anja Konig expresses a lot of my own misgivings about poetry as a competing profession.

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TOUGHS

My new article on toughs in literature  is now published by the Fortnightly review. Featuring a grumpy old git’s thoughts on what we can and what we cannot say, as well as the writing of Stewart Home, Mr Fish, Dana … Continue reading

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Georges Braque: The Poetry of Things

Click here for my review of Georges Braque’s still lives. Bernard Jacobson Gallery, winter 21/22 Discussing the medium itself, together with my view of who might be the most significant still life artists of the 20th century. Braque is certainly … Continue reading

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The Hump-Backed Bridge

THE HUMP-BACKED BRIDGE I was just six years old. My mother dropped me off at school in Caversham, and then I found my own way home by boarding the bus near Saint Peter’s Hill that would take me to its … Continue reading

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Governance and Polemic

William Burroughs once described himself as an antenna. The writing was conducted to the page by some apparatus that picked up what the air-waves carried his way. I find this notion relevant to my own practice. When I try to … Continue reading

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Purgatory

In Dante’s Comedy, each punishment is a contrapasso, a symbolic instance of poetic justice, and Purgatory seemed an appropriate place to be, last winter. So here, in the Fortnightly Review are my thoughts about reading Purgatory.

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Grey Suit Editions – List of Publications

New books in 2021 List of Publications 1 List of Publications 2 List of publications 3 (Miscellaneous) Our video catalogue from the nineties These links provide a tour of Grey Suit. The project began as a video magazine for performance … Continue reading

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‘Ceasefire’ and ‘The Cross of Carl’

Last night I watched “Ceasefire” (Cessez-le-feu) directed by Emmanuel Courcol, starring Romain Duris, Celine Sallete and Gregory Gadebois. This French film explores the lives of French soldiers traumatised by bombardment in the trenches of Verdun. Those few who returned ostensibly … Continue reading

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On ‘Freeing Up’.

Click On Freeing Up for my essay in THE FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW on four amazing poets – Julian Stannard, Fleur Adcock, Kazuko Shiraishi and Robert Creeley.

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Psycho-painting and what you see in it

Psycho-Painting slideshow “Look at walls splashed with a number of stains, or stones of various mixed colours. If you have to invent some scene, you can see there resemblances to a number of landscapes, adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, … Continue reading

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