Category Archives: Essays

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 – parts 1 and 2

List of Publications 1 List of Publications 2 Our video catalogue from the nineties These three links provide a tour of Grey Suit. The project began as a video magazine for performance art, material film and innovative music and poetry. … 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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Meandering through La Belle Epoque

  Vuillard Interior Two contributions have come out at the same time (essay and poems). SO – here is my new essay in the Fortnightly Review   It’s a celebration of a time that is an inspiration to me. AND – … Continue reading

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The Second Coming?

I totally disagree with Polly Toynbee’s miserable attack on Corbyn (13/12/19) in the Gruniad. The problem, as I see it, is that the toffs can always count on the working class to attack the middle class, since the workers perceive … Continue reading

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Latest News from Grey Suit Editions

There is a new review of The Step is the Foot . It’s by Alan Price in the Fortnightly. Follow all our posts on the blog of Grey Suit Editions, click link below. Grey Suit Editions This year we published two … Continue reading

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An Inquiry into the Sublime

Walter de Maria Lightning Field 1977 This talk for Norfolk Contemporary Art Society in Norwich, Wednesday 2nd October, 2019, is in essence a much edited amalgam of two of my essays in Art and its Dark Side: the eight rivers … Continue reading

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Nubia

Rome and Nubia With this link to an excellent documentary about what happened after the deaths of Anthony and Cleopatra, I’m going to open a post I shall return to on Nubia. It was thus I was introduced to Queen … Continue reading

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