Category Archives: Poetry

Two Sequences of Poems by David Plante

Two Sequences of Poems by David Plante I am proud to introduce these two sequences by David. He and Nikos Stangos were vital components of the London scene in the 60s and 70s – two people I would see as … Continue reading

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You are unwilling to be vaccinated against COVID-19. She is a male who has just won a woman’s swimming-competition. Is Hunter’s laptop his confession? The trees have started losing their confetti.

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GREY SUIT LAUNCH – 22 March 2022

Click the link for a Celebration of Grey Suit Editions UK   Grey Suit celebration!   Tuesday 22 March from 6.30 pm – with a reading at 7 pm. at The Rugby Tavern in Bloomsbury   All welcome. Please let friends … Continue reading

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Peking Pet

Me – since she wants to be the best – I’m glad to be her teacher, however long it takes.   I revel in the pressure of her chest, Am taken by the way she now makes Use of lozenge eyes … 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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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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Richard Lovelace on Poetry Competitions

I am an admirer of good abstract poetry, and yet I felt drawn to satire after teaching in jails for several years. Now I find the tension between intention and unintentionality something that can provoke strong satirical writing. Ultimately even … Continue reading

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Harlequin’s Clothing

  So what is civilization? Being a “Listed Building”, It can only be what it is: a homage to Jeremy Bentham. Yet someday soon your working if panoptical jail Will be transformed – a prison-themed hotel.  You can go there … Continue reading

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Grey Suit Editions: Books for Christmas 21

Announcing two new titles on Grey Suit Editions Donald Gardner’s New and Selected Poems Anthony Howell’s novel – The Distance Measured in Days Available now! And all our books (Grey Suit, Theatre of Mistakes, High Window, Odd Volumes etc) are available … Continue reading

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Torpedo Fair – an eclogue

An eclogue is a poem written as a dialogue between two voices. Torpedo Fair is a poem of this kind which is now published here in The Fortnightly Review. The first voice is the voice of the battlefield. The second … Continue reading

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