Category Archives: Essays

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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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. See also the Corona What went on – in Rosanne Wasserman’s No Archive on Earth which … Continue reading

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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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