Category Archives: Essays

On Difficulty in Poetry

A new essay in The Fortnightly Review!

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How Different Countries View War

Andrei Martyanov (SmoothieX12 on Youtube) cites the movie Come and See when he explains in the second part of a post called Economics of Military Industrial Complexes in Russia and US how the Russians conceive of war and how the … Continue reading

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Tangoshiva – my selling site on Ebay

Click TANGOSHIVA For books by Gwendolyn Leick, Iliassa Sequin, Donald Gardner, David Plante, The Theatre of Mistakes and myself. All recently published books by myself or by Grey Suit are now listed on Tangoshiva. This is the link for my … Continue reading

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Plum Pudding Books

Here is the link to Plum Pudding Books This is my new review for The Fortnightly Review, featuring: Against Decorumby Michael Hampton. IAM 2022 | 120 pp paper | £14.95 $22.33 .The Serpent Coiled in Naplesby Marius Kociejowski. Armchair Traveller, Haus Publishing, … Continue reading

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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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