Broken Lands, Interiors, Landscapes of the Soul

I was so happy to be able to attend a poetry lecture this week – a real one with a real supper and real live people –  from the excellent Graham Fawcett.   We went to Sladers Yard Cafe in Dorset in a beautiful conversion of an old rope factory (apparently Bridport was prime rope making […]

Poetry’s Springtime – The Young US Laureate Amanda Gorman and Blossoms of Hope

The literary credo known as Modernism started around the time of T.S. Eliot’s book length poem The Waste Land and never really recovered. Or rather, literature never recovered from it.   Modernism was an attempt to represent a world newly fragmented and distorted by global wars, a world of new technologies and a questioning of […]

On Angels

This week I am moving away from the pressure of reading this book by that date in favour of more timeless thoughts.  Not mine obviously but those of musicians, philosophers, poets.  A ‘melding of the individual and the universal which is the creation of art, the simplicity after the difficulties. It is a frenetic, fragmented […]

Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark

“I hope to free Plath, from the cultural baggage of the past 50 years,” Heather Clark writes in her new biography, “and reposition her as one of the most important American writers of the 20th century.” Heather Clark’s  937 page doorstopping biography of Sylvia Plath is a joy from beginning to end.   Well, no.  […]

It’s Not Often I Put My Own Poetry on Here but …

I have been fighting for hours with Canva and general computer stuff to do the background. What do you think? I’ve just heard that Louise Gluck has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. She said: “I think the poem is a communication between a mouth and an ear – not an actual mouth and an […]

Raise Me with Sunrise: A Review of ‘My Name is Why’ by Lemn Sissay

Raise me with sunrise Bathe me in light Wash all the shadows That fell from the night. Imagine having to piece together your life and your identity from a series of index cards and minuted committee meetings! Imagine finding out age 16 that even your name is a lie. This is the experience that poet […]

A Brief Survival Guide

Reach for a cigarette as soon as things don’t go your way? Eat too many chocolate covered cream cakes with strawberry jam when you get nervous? Stay awake half the night to kill zombies? Does the recyling bank constantly rings to the tune of shattered glass in your efforts to keep the world at bay? […]