Category Archives: Essays

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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SONNETS FOR ALL TASTES

Lady Mary Wroth – one of our first sonneteers. Here is a link to my essay on Sonnets. It is published by the Fortnightly Review.

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John Ashbery 1927-2017

Here he is reading for Grey Suit. To find him reading Soonest Mended and other poems, please scroll to 47:31 on Issue 3 Here is my obituary note in the Fortnightly Review. Here is a link to an interview with … Continue reading

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THE NEW BEAUTY

  Click the link for THE NEW BEAUTY This is a new essay published by The Fortnightly Review.   For a complete list of links to other reviews of poets and my previous articles click here: The Fortnightly  

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FIVE FIGURE EXERCISE – Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass, Sol LeWitt, Stuart Sherman and Robert Wilson (1979)

FIVE FIGURE EXERCISE – Harpers & Queen, May 1979 I reckon this is a historic document, so re-publish it here. On a still undefined boundary of modern art painter Sol LeWitt, dancer Lucinda Childs and composer Philip Glass are working … Continue reading

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What are Perversions?

My essay comparing attitudes to perversion, then and now.
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No Selection for Old Farts

26/09/16 To The Poetry Review: Dear Sarah and Maurice Your last communication brings the number of my poems that have been rejected for publication by your review to twenty-six. This is since 2014.   The Castaway Scrabble The Glider Birth … Continue reading

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