Clarifying Difficult Poetry
J H Prynne Interview in the Paris Review. In which we attempt to provide a partial overview and add some comments as to what the man has to say about being a poet, Mao, Kazoo Dreamboats and more.
Paul Celan's Harbour and Grandeur. In which we tentatively apply some Very Old Criteria to this daunting poem in order to make a provisional judgement as to sublimity and 'effect'.
Infusing with J H Prynne. Again. In which we pay brief attention to our earlier Grexit hypothesis re meaning and also attempt an assessment as to Poetic Quality
Simon Jarvis' Jerusalem Deleted and Long Difficulties. In which we attempt to encourage others to attend to the very long and difficult Poem, using JD as an example. With a long example, some quotes and much enthusiasm
David Jones and the Importance of Reading Work Aloud..In which we point to what Jones says in his prefaces on the absolute importance of hearing as well as seeing his work. .
Why Sir Geoffrey Hill is Right about the Poem. In which we produce Nuggets of Truth from the Critical Essays and highlight the ones that we are in vehement and enthusiastic agreement with.
Geoffrey Hill's Soul, an entirely opportunistic and subjective view of Hill's anxieties as to the posthumous fate of his soul and his various angles on the workings of grace.
Infusing with J H Prynne In which we use many words to attend to a poem from the remarkable al dente collection. By paying some wishful attention we come to the provisional conclusion that this may well be a 'Grexit' poem.
David Jones, In Parenthesis as Documentary... On July 1st, 2016 we try very hard to make a case for the documentary aspect heartbreakingly beautiful work.
Paul Celan's wordwords from Timestead. In which we pay some more than sympathetic attention to the use of language in general and compound words in particular in a forlorn attempt to illustrate the all-round brilliance of this allegedly difficult work.
Kenneth Goldsmith's Theory. In which we examine a collation of maxims, anecdotes and self-promotions, ttrying very hard to disentangle those things that have value from those that Get in the Way, Let the Side Down and Generally Distract.
David Jones, In Parenthesis, the Grimly Voice and the Place of Enchantment.. In which we think at some length about these two qualities and set out to locate and attend upon them.
The Heartbreaking Brilliance that is Vanessa Place's Last Words. In which we attempt a coherent demonstration of why Place's work is So Important for the future of the Poem and also pay attention to multi-dimensional work, the Texas crminal justice system and the need to display the bodies. We also insert a personal note as to the ways in which Last Words dismantles our emotions.