arduity: recent negotiations
David Jones and the voyage as a structure of thought and faith. In which we give more than a little attention to the wonderful 'Keel, Ram, Stauros section of The Anathemata.
J H Prynne and Beginnings. In which we try to think about and follow an origins-related line from The English Intelligencer to Kazoo Dreamboats.
Emily Dickinson, a Tentative Investigation. In which we try very hard to grapple with the readerly difficulties presented by Dickinson's work and make some progress.
Sir Geoffrey Hill, Simon Jarvis and Rhyme. In which we fail to justify Oraclau's mystifying but deliberate use of bad verse and contrast this with the 'speaking twins' of Night Office.
Paul Celan's WITH DREAMPROPULSION and FOR THE LARKSHADOW... In which we become slightly less baffled and discover a couple of possible intentions and/or meanings.
Being Surprised by J H Prynne's "Morning".. In which we tilt at more than a few windmills but appear to make a little progress too.
John Armstrong on The Theory Problem and the New Princeton Wristbreaker. In which we express some dismay re the basics, esp cadence, difficulty and the documentary.
Chapter III of John Peck's M in which an inventroy is drawn up containg Very Many Things, including the muon, a couple of wheatfields, Anna Karenina and the weather.
David Jones and the Eucharist. In which we try and work out the role of the Mass and the idea of Real Presence in holding the brilliance that is The Anathemata together.
Charles Olson and the Maximus Poems. in which we attempt to demonstrate why this deceptively understated material is one of the four great long poems of the 20th century.
Paul Celan, Breathturn into Timestead, an Initial Reconnoitre.. An initial glance at the recent and stupendous Joris tranlations of the later work esp 'Threadsuns' and 'Lightduress'.
John Armstrong on the Problem with Lyric A worringly coherent explanation of why current poetry is too poetic for its own good. With examples.
Geoffrey Hill's Expostulations on the Volcano and the Poetic, an updated piece that ponders the ways in which Hill appears to be playing with the tools of his trade
J H Prynne's Al Dente, an initial look at this new collection and a feeble attempt to identify some corridors of sense from the eight satisfylingly terse poems therein.
A further and more determined attempt to introduce Keston Sutherland's disturbing but important Odes to TL61P which challenges the adult world of secrets and expposes the sexual lives of children in a brutally honest way.
J H Prynne, the Neolithic and Landscape. A tentative survey from the English Intelligencer in 1967 via Wordsworth and then to Kazoo Dreamboats.
Andrew Marvell's Appleton House: a Poem of Many Parts. In which we explore the world of the mid-seventeenth century with the aid of this involved and multi-dimensional jewel.
Part Two of John Peck's M in which concern is expressed but then resolved by the nature and effect of obscurity, intersperersed with admiration for this densely rewarding piece of work.
Cecilia Corrigan and Ian Hatchett's Titanichat which is an excellent illustration of how poets can make use of web technology. Work like this challenges the reader to consider how he or she is able to recognise language.
Reading Charles Reznikoff. A brief demonstration of this poet's importance in his own right and for the future of the Poem. A very much neglected talent.