Histories of War as seen by two indispensible Poets-Part Two

The St Ives September Festival had a range of controversial poets come to visit. I remember there being a huge stir when D.M.Thomas came to read and the proctor’s of moral rectitude in the unlikely form of delegates from the Town Council were said to have occupied the back row to ensure that an unseemly… Continue reading Histories of War as seen by two indispensible Poets-Part Two

Histories of War as seen by two indispensible Poets-Part One

  Tony Harrison is a poet whom I feel I know rather well from his television appearances. He seemed to be on the box quite a lot around 2000 or so. By any criteria his is a radical poet from Leeds. In my imagination I see him as a radical voice from that period along… Continue reading Histories of War as seen by two indispensible Poets-Part One

More Lowell and some recommended reading

Sailing Home from RapalloBY ROBERT LOWELL[February 1954] Your nurse could only speak Italian,but after twenty minutes I could imagine your final week, and tears ran down my cheeks…. When I embarked from Italy with my Mother’s body, the whole shoreline of the Golfo di Genovawas breaking into fiery flower.The crazy yellow and azure sea-sleds blasting… Continue reading More Lowell and some recommended reading