Category Archives: Poetry

POETRY AT THE ROOM

Saturday 3 March at 7.30 pm – 33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale N17 9AS – and scroll down for details of our April reading. £5 entry, then donation for refreshments.  8801 8577 Your host Anthony Howell invites you to Celebrate … 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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Two Poems by Penny Boxall

Just back from Hawthornden, where I spent a month writing and painting watercolours. And here are two poems by Penny – who was also a fellow, one for Jean Findlay – who plays the bagpipes – and one for me, … 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 READIES

    It starts in tantrum’s pram; those tears for treats withheld – Unfair and inexplicable. And then there is the wonder of it all: The pocket money tripled by that cheque from uncle –   Lack of it feeds … Continue reading

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WAY BACK WHEN

We could all just tumble into bed together. We could make love not war, And then we couldn’t any more. Now there’s terror everywhere – and condoms. x Way back, before, you could cruise across Iran Into Afghanistan, accommodate the … Continue reading

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