Category Archives: Essays

We Live in a Nuthouse

  Brilliant piece in Hyperallergic.  Click here for this Studs Terkel/Zero Mostel interview posted by Karen Schiff.

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Roeg Elements: innovation and risk

Nicolas Roeg, by Michael Clark, National Portrait Gallery   Very pleased that my new piece for Nicolas Roeg on his 90th Birthday is here – “Roeg Elements” Published by the Fortnightly Review. Celebrating younger poets – including Emma Hammond, Natacha … Continue reading

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APPENDICES to THE STEP IS THE FOOT

Appendices to The Step is the Foot. Appendix 1 The Pendulum Plot of Philoctetes by Sophocles Appendix 2 Outback Research Trip Appendix 3: TRANSLATION: A QUERY Appendix 4: Developing the madrigal Appendix 5: Asprezza Appendix 6: Koans for the Waterfall Appendix … Continue reading

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In Defence of Obscenity

Interesting post here In Defense of Obscenity

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Shame and Shamelessness

My lecture on Freud, Gide and Immoralism  now published by the Fortnightly Review. First given at the 2018 Conference on Poetry and Psychoanalysis.  Thanks to Catherine Humble, Susy Lansman and Kathryn Maris for organising this brilliant event.

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Whistleblower Lit

Delighted that my review of Miles Goslett’s new book on the questionable details of the Hutton Inquiry into the death of David Kelly has now been published by the Fortnightly Review. Click on the link below: Whistleblower Lit. The review … Continue reading

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The Melancholy of Making Poetry

Poetry is perhaps the most difficult of arts because the easiest to set about – you don’t need a chisel or a canvas or an instrument or a studio. Writing is eminently convenient. But melancholy derives from the need of … Continue reading

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