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Clarifying Difficult Poetry

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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.


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John Bloomberg-Rissman's latest work, In the House of the Hangman is a monstrous account of how we are now by means of a daily 'mash' from many different sources


Paul Celan is recognised as one of the 20th century's greatest poets yet his later poems are mistakenly considered by many to be virtually inaccessible and 'not poetry'. Most of his work relates to the Holocaust.


Emily Dickinson produced some of the most extraordinary work of the 19th century. Her legacy continues to provoke and challenge our modern sensibilities.


Geoffrey Hill has published magnificently obdurate work throughout his long career. He continues to produce poetry that is both complex and inspiring..


Simon Jarvis produces work that has a readiness to follow its own furrow, there cannot be a wider spectrum than from a radical adventure in free verse, to a poem of 220 pages in metrical, rhyming verse.


David Jones is one of the best (and most overlooked) poets in any language in the 20th century. His work must be considered as equal to Eliot and Auden, they thought so too.


Purdey Lord Kreiden. I've been following Purdey's remarkable work on the Claudius app and have grown increasingly impressed by the development of a singular and oddly disturbing ' voice'.


John Matthias thrives on making the complex look and sound easy. He has that rare gift of being able to say profound things in a straightforward and refreshingly relaxed manner.


Charles Olson was an American poet whose Maximus Poems represent a grounbreaking shift in the possibilities of poetry as a working through of the relational nature of time and place.


John Peck's M is a sequence in ten parts that is full of invention. Concentrated attention brings the reader to a sense of participation in a world of subtle cadence and great technique.


I have in the past referred to Vanessa Place as the scariest poet on the planet and I'm still of this view as some of her work is implacably brutal in the light it sheds on our world.


J H Prynne In attending to Prynne's incredible work, readers will find that giving very close attention to words and phrases needs to go hand in hand with keeping a close eye on the apparent contexts.


Keston Sutherland In 2010, I wrote abrief introduction to Keston's work but now I've tried to produce something more considered which includes his newer work, especially the brilliant Odes to TL61P which is simply stunning

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Michael Thomas Taren is producing an increasingly accomplished and important body of work which covers a broad range of forms and subject matter with an unusually high degree of technical nous.


Jonty Tipladyis making work that has now gone into a radically innovative and important (crucial) orbit that holds out hope for the future of the Poem.