Tag: poetry

Poetry as blood donation

June 30, 2019 0 Comments
Poetry as blood donation

O Positive, says his publisher, ‘is the long-awaited debut collection of poetry from Joe Dunthorne’.  Faber seem to have forgotten that they published an earlier, shorter collection in 2010 in the Faber New Poets series.  Several poems in this are carried over into the new book. Though he started out as a poet, Joe is […]

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Helen Dunmore’s Catullus

April 22, 2018 0 Comments
Helen Dunmore’s Catullus

When Helen Dunmore died at the age of 64 in June 2017 her readers mourned the loss of one of most sensitive and versatile writers of recent years.  Many of them will have known her for the novels, short stories and books for children.  The first work of hers I read was the first novel, […]

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Celf a chrefydd: George Herbert a’r anffyddiwr

May 12, 2014 0 Comments
Celf a chrefydd: George Herbert a’r anffyddiwr

Rai blynyddoedd yn ôl ces i wahoddiad i ymddangos ar y rhaglen radio Beti a’i phobl, i sgwrsio â Beti George a dewis ychydig o recordiadau. Un ohonynt oedd darn o waith sy’n bwysig iawn imi, ers y tro cyntaf imi ei glywed rhyw ugain mlynedd yn ôl: Spem in alium, y motét i ddeugain […]

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Emily Dickinson’s reticent volcano

November 1, 2013 1 Comment
Emily Dickinson’s reticent volcano

It’s taken a long time for Emily Dickinson to come out. During her lifetime (1830-86) only ten of her roughly 1,800 extant poems were published, some of them without her knowledge.  After her death her manuscripts lay disregarded by all but a few.  It was not till 1955 that anything close to a complete edition […]

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