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Larkin around

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, ‘Monitor’ was a flagship arts programme on British television. In 1964, the year I was born, they put out an episode called Down Cemetery Road, which had John Betjeman interviewing Philip Larkin. Even if … Continue reading

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Salvador’s Trout

Ok, this will probably be the last ‘crown of sonnets’ for a while, because my brain is totally fried. Over the last four weeks I’ve bashed out three of the damn things; that’s a total of 21 sonnets, or 294 … Continue reading

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Socialist Sonnets

Socialist Sonnets Thank you for Last Rites and darkness at noon. Munchkins are singing the death of a witch. The coffin is placed in a greenback balloon, drifting away across avarice and kitsch. A young girl from Essex who’s flaky … Continue reading

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Arrival & Departure

In a previous post I said that I don’t like to inflict my poetry on the reader of this blog. So, being contradictory, here’s another poem, and a rather long one at that. But first some background: I stopped writing … Continue reading

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A Paschal chick on a daffodil cake

It seems like Maz died years and years ago. It was in fact almost two years ago. For those who don’t know the story here’s an article from The Times, explaining the background. I’ll reproduce it here in full because … Continue reading

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Andree Chedid

The Egyptian-born poet and novelist Andree Chedid died in Paris on Sunday, aged 90. She wrote in French and was a very good poet. If interested you can find some English translations of her work here… http://www.poetryconnection.net/poets/Andree_Chedid

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