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January 2017 · Twelve Principal Articles.

Wittgenstein confronts BeckI. Wittgenstein’s ‘mental engineering’ by Alan Wall.

Wittgenstein spent much of his early life looking at and using engineering diagrams. ‘At the origins of language and writing we find pictography, and pictography finds its modern descendent in the diagram. The diagram achieved one of its most splendid modern incarnations in the 1931 London Underground Map of Harry Beck, still in use today. We see there what diagrams are for: to analyse a system into its inter-related functions, and then proceed to portray those functions with ruthless simplification. That in one sense is what Wittgenstein was attempting with the atomic propositions in the Tractatus.’ [Continued…]

brunetierepinceII. ‘Do you know Brunetière?’ by Erik Butler.

It’s unusual for a critic to be despised to the point where social events are organized to express revulsion. But Ferdinand Brunetière antagonized France at a particularly volatile moment. ‘The Third Republic incubated twentieth-century Europe: accelerating industrialization, democracy, mass movements, colonialist projects, nationalism, anti-Semitism, secularism, and more still. Now, at the outset of a new millennium, perhaps Brunetière’s day has come again.’ A dossier with an appreciation by Yetta Blaze de Bury from our archive and a supplemental ebook by Elton Hocking.

prosepoetrytop488III. The Prose Poem by Anthony Howell.

With prose poetry, each sentence comes at you from its own direction. Each is its own whole, an atomic sentence. That is, it may differ from the previous sentence as much as one atom may differ from another…In my view, some of the finest prose poems have been written by those mystics and philosophers who engage us through the saying. An aphorism with its laconic precision is equivalent to a prose “verse”.’ Published with E. Grant Duff’s ‘Balthasar Gracian, from our archive.

gallanttop488IV. Materializations by James Gallant.

Settled science: ‘Facts were facts, and [Nobelist Charles] Richet’s list of scientists who had examined the most gifted physical mediums for trickery “not once, but twenty, a hundred, or even a thousand times” — and found none — included Alfred Russel Wallace, a colleague of Darwin’s who wrote on various aspects of evolutionary theory, and physicist-chemist Sir William Crookes.’ Published with Wallace’s ‘A Defence of Modern Spiritualism, from our archive.

'Night Hauling'V. Seeing in the dark by Daniel Bosch.

‘The optical is the existential… Night estranges. The certainties of day-lit labor yield to doubt: What was that? At night our imaginations, less-constrained by the sharp edges of the visible, and, as in childhood, less-convinced by rationalization and counter-evidence, confirm and reconfirm: We are not safe in night. We do not belong to it.’

musictop488VI. Zoran Music in Dachau by Steven Jaron.

‘A Czech friend of mine used to say to me: ‘‘You know, tomorrow or the day after, it’ll be our turn to burn. A thing like this will never happen again. We are the last to see a thing like this.” Later, when I could no longer hold things in, when the memories of the camp surged up inside me, I began to paint them, many years after. Then I realized that it was not true. We are not the last.’

wrenlib2VII. Duties of care in the study of literature by Alex Wong.

‘To be able to enter into an emotional and ideological world not one’s own, and then to be moved by it, to come to respect it, to empathize with that mode of thought and feeling—whether aesthetic, sentimental or moral—must be, I take it, one of the most important processes involved in the study of old books. It is especially important when the book in question at first seems particularly alien.’

paztop488VIII. Octavio Paz at Cambridge, 1970 — a memoir by Richard Berengarten.

‘To him Paris was the centre of European intellectual and artistic ferment, not London. And certainly not Cambridge. On his visits to London in 1970, I don’t believe that Octavio was in contact with any writers considered – either by themselves or others – to be leading lights in the English literary Establishment of the time. Among most English poets, I don’t think he was yet known or appreciated, let alone widely read, other than by a few pioneers…’

dubouchet_top488IX. André du Bouchet by Peter Riley.

The poetry of André du Bouchet ‘doesn’t describe or recount or expound; it doesn’t narrate or philosophise; it never touches politics or society and is essentially a poetry of the self but the poet defines it as a poetry of the non-self…it isn’t formal or lyrical or rhetorical or experimental; its language is both articulated and disjunct…’ Published with a subsequent translator’s response by Hoyt Rogers, along with a portfolio from Openwork, translated by Paul Auster and Hoyt Rogers.

yb-shakestop488X. Writing to Shakespeare by Yves Bonnefoy.

‘This stage with nothing but itself—this metaphysical place, in short—mirrors the dimensions of the hope we peg to language. It offers itself unreservedly to what is sought by poets, always much more than the letter of their work. It permits us to glimpse what is unsayable in their perception of the world, or hidden in their relation to themselves: two things that are inexpressible.’  Translated by Hoyt Rogers whose three essays on Romeo and Juliet are published with Bonnefoy’s text.

robtsanda488topXI. The Bedouin and the Great Monastery by Hilary Gilbert.

For 1500 years, the Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai — the ancient monastery of St Catherine — located at the foot of Mount Sinai has had a staunch ally in the Bedouin of the Sinai. When the local police stood down during the last Egyptian revolution, the Bedouin stood up to protect the monks and their priceless icons and documents. But today, the ‘Bedu feel with good reason that their country is failing them.’ With an update from August 2015: Further notes from South Sinai, by Hilary Gilbert.

Published with The mosaic of the Transfiguration at St Catherine’s, a commentary on ‘the layers of meaning that the art of the Early Church produced by very simple means’. By Cyril Mango.

XII. Etiquette by Alexander Zubatov.

‘Though inculcating blind obedience to one’s own clan is going a bit too far, there is a significant degree to which taking pride in one’s society and customs is necessary for individuals to feel enchantment, to go about their lives with the requisite sense of steady purposefulness. We do not have to go all the way to embracing the proto-Nazi nationalism of Hans Freyer or Carl Schmitt to believe that, in such an environment, a milieu where the people feel a strong sense of national purpose and pride, of collective destiny, as history has shown again and again, culture can thrive.’

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Edited by Denis Boyles and Alan Macfarlane.

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Editors, contributors, and contact details.


A Partial Archive of the New Series.

Poetry Notes by Peter Riley.
Reflections, Clues & Labyrinths by Alan Wall.
Letter from Venice by Robin Saikia.
Una Visione Estesa by Keith Johnson.
Currente Calamo by Michael Blackburn.
Museums & Collections by Ian Sansom.
Reviews and comment on books, etc.

For a search of the complete archive use the ‘search’ box in the right-hand column.

Fortnightly serials.2011: Golden-beak in eight parts. By George Basset (H. R. Haxton).
2012: The Invention of the Modern World in 18 parts. By Alan Macfarlane.
2013: Helen in three long parts. By Oswald Valentine Sickert.
2016-17: The Survival Manual in eight parts. By Alan Macfarlane.

2011: The Intensive and Extensive Worlds of Anthony Trollope’s Framley Parsonage by Lucy Sheehan, Columbia University.
2012: A Competitive World: Ambition and Self-Help in Trollope’s An Autobiography and The Three Clerks by Rebecca Richardson, Stanford University.
2013: Sanction, pragmatic pursuit and civil society in Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds by Andrew Lallier, University of Knoxville.
2014: Love in a time of politics by Gregory Brennen, Duke University (graduate) and Trollope and Darwin by Molly Menickelly, William & Mary (undergraduate).
2015: The Temporality of Realism and Romance in He Knew He Was Right by Sarah Faulkner, University of Washington.

POETRY NOTES by Peter Riley.

POETRY. Alphabetical by author.
Three poems by Alain-Fournier in new translations by Anthony Costello and Anita Marsh.
Children of war in Palestine by Manash Bhattacharjee.
Two poems by Lawrence Binyon.
Poems from ‘special effects’ by Iain Britton.
André du Bouchet: a portfolio of his verse translated by Paul Auster and Hoyt Rogers.
Lorenzo Calogero: Six poems in new translations by John Taylor.
Pierre Chappuis from Blind Distance. Translated by John Taylor.
Monochronos by Hugh Chisholm.
Peter Dent: In Close Formation.
The Bibliomania by John Ferrar, MD.
Preface to ‘Émaux et camées’ by Théo. Gautier. Translation: Harry Guest.
Eight telegrams from the city under siege by Marco Genovesi, in translations by Hoyt Rogers.
Ten poems by Francesco Giardinazzo, translated by Hoyt Rogers.
The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy.
An excerpt from ‘Silent Highway’ by Anthony Howell
Grandeur, a new poem by Andrew Jordan.
Ocean by Ann Lauterbach.
Three poems by Osip Mandelstam, in new translations by Alistair Noon.
Two poems by Lawrence Markert.
Pomenvylope No. 10 by Nicholas Moore.
Three poems by Anne Mounic in new translations by Harry Guest.
Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen.
‘X’, an excerpt from ‘Due North’ by Peter Riley.
Recessional and other new poems by Hoyt Rogers.
Umbrella by Myra Sklarew.
A Morning by William Stafford.
Five poems by Jules Supervielle in translations by Ian Seed.
For the Bièvre, from ‘Teint’. By Zoë Skoulding.
A Voice from the Nile by James Thomson [B.V.].
Jon Thompson: Three new poems.
Two poems from the hôpital Broussais by Paul Verlaine. Translated by Martin Sorrell.
The Art of Writing and other new poems by Alan Wall.
Signals and two new poems by Michelene Wandor.
Screeds 1 by Stephen Wiest.

Richard Berengarten: New Poems.
Kelvin Corcoran : ‘After Argos…’
Anthony Costello: three new poems.
Two new poems: ‘Eucalypso Redux’ and ‘Battleships/Romance’ by Alex Houen.
Quite frankly, a sequence by Peter Hughes.
Three poems by Steve Kronen.
Happiness Is the New Bedtime by Becka Mara McKay.
Six new poems by Peter Robinson.
Four poems by John Welch.

The Old Man By Robert Coover.
Dennis and Dinny by James MacGuire.
A Recollection of L’Adorée by Ethel Dilke.
An Encounter by Robert Coover.
New fiction by Conor Robin Madigan.


The postmodern ‘Tallys’ and two more ‘raptures’ by Nigel Wheale.

thtallis488top-3cln‘Spem in alium is one of the supreme choral works of the European Renaissance…


How’s the Mood-Board? Ben Lerner’s celebrated novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, is a starting point for a reflection on the fleeting emotional intelligence of postmodernism.


The Omega Point. ‘Can we read Lerner and Coupland (DeLillo got there first) as voices for the new New movement…

Rabindranath Tagore. A dossier.

Rabindranath Tagore: A DossierPounds March 1913 encomium from The Fortnightly Review archive; Yeats introduction to Gitanjali, Tagore’s first English-language collection; William Rothensteins reminiscence of Tagore in London; Harold Hurwitzs amusing account of Pound’s vicious about-face on Tagore; and an early Tagore poem, also from the March 1913 Fortnightly.

Yves Bonnefoy. A dossier.

bonnefoy_rego_top488Dialogics: Fifty years by Anthony Rudolf; Image and poiesis by Alan Wall; new translations by Beverley Bie Brahic and Hoyt Rogers; The Curved Planks, with a note, ‘Dear Paula’: An artist’s portfolio by Paula Rego with new translations by Anthony Rudolf.

Remy de Gourmont. A dossier.

remyflat488His refuge in the rue des Saints-Pères ‘contained a narrow rectangular ante-room, a tiny kitchen filled with book-shelves and with books on the stove, an immense dining-room, surrounded with book-shelves filled and double-filled with books; the study was walled with books, the armchairs and chairs of faded yellow velvet supported heaps of books, and more heaps of books filled every nook and corner; the view from this study was a piece of wall and a triangle of sky above the roof. . .’ Contributions by Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, Paul Cohen, and John Taylor, with Selections from ‘The Problem of Style’.

La Serenissima, a portfolio.

venicetop488Of all the beach towns in all the world, Venice is unique. Not that there is a paucity of souvenir stands or snack vendors. But what a boardwalk. In our imaginations, we see it idealized and always from a distance. Up close, of course, it’s quite different. In this portfolio, assembled by contributing editor Hoyt Rogers: A Venetian’s view of Venice, by Michele Casagrande; City for sale, by Robin Saikia;Venice and the theatre of memory, images by Gigi Bon and text by Hoyt Rogers; and a collection of extraordinary photographs by Alvise Nicoletti, a detail of one of which is above.

The function of criticism at the present time by Matthew Arnold.
Anthony Hecht by Daniel Bosch.
Anthony Rudolf’s literary Wunderkammer by Harry Guest.

The Boss.

Who is Bruce Springsteen? by Peter Knobler.
Vorticism by Ezra Pound.
Pound’s First Canto by Anthony O’Hear.
Émigré poetry by Peter Riley.
Morality and the profession of letters by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Derek Wallcott and the T.S. Eliot Prize by Michelene Wandor.
Lux, lumen and the lights of science: Alan Wall on William Blake.
Robert Bly’s prose poetry by Myra Sklarew.
Textuality by Alan Wall.

John Masefield.

Narrative Poetry by Peter Riley.
John Ashbery’s translation of Rimbaud by Martin Sorrell.
The elegies of Susan Howe by Jaime Robles.
The New Libertine by Anthony Howell.

Modern Italian poetry introduced by Hoyt Rogers. Ten poems by Francesco Giardinazzo; Eight telegrams from the City under Seige by Marco Genovesi.

The poetry of the second person: Robinson and Welch, by Peter Riley.
Bernard Stone and the Turret by Brian Patten.
The inside of the open mind by Frank Jewett Mather.
The daily routines of writers by Merritt Moseley.
James Smetham calls on the Ruskins by Mark Jones.
Letting down the élites by Alana Shilling (Theatre in New York).
F. T. Prince and other British mavericks, by Anthony Howell.
Robert Musil’s ‘Essayism’ and Modernity by Alan Wall.
A Man of Letters, an interview with Robert Louis Stevenson, by H. R. Haxton.
Poets of the Caribbean by Peter Riley.
New Dominican Poetry: ‘El Hombrecito’ – Baez and Pumarol. Introduced and translated by Hoyt Rogers.
Art and money and Miami by Alana Shilling-Janoff.
The new pastoral in French poetry by Peter Riley.
Francis Thompson by Katharine Tynan.
The saving social graces by Alexander Zubatov.
Anthony Howell’s year-end bedside reading table: Maris, Wills, Adcock, Clarke, Gardner, Colby.
Apollinaire, the war poet by Martin Sorrell.
Coleridge as a poet by Edward Dowden.
John Buchan by Roger Kimball.
Robert Duncan and the Occult by Peter Riley.
W. H. Davies and the gift of laziness by Martin Armstrong.


On Nicholas Moore by Martin Sorrell. Published with ‘Pomenvylope No. 10‘ by Nicholas Moore.

Veronica Forrest-Thomson: poetry beyond theories by Peter Riley.
The Feast of the Redentore in ‘A Letter from Venice’ by Robin Saikia.
Geoffrey Hill and the OED by Alan Wall.

The mosaic of the Transfiguration by Cyril Mango.
On Sculpture. By Anthony O’Hear.

The Beginnings of Greek Sculpture 1. The Heroic Age of Greek art.
The Beginnings of Greek Sculpture 2. The Age of Graven Images.
The marbles of Ægina. On the ‘philosophical aspect’ of Greek art.

Notes on the complexities of Post-Modernism by Charles Jencks.
Published with
Postmodernism and history, by Anthony Howell.

Vorticism at the Tate by Andrew Thacker.
Non finito by Anthony Howell.
Imaginatio lego sum by Daniel Bosch.

Elizabeth Taylor by Andrew Sinclair.
Sarah Bernhardt by Arthur Croxton.
The language of The King’s Speech by Stan Carey.
A solution to the mystery of Macbeth’s witches by W. J. Lawrence.
George Grossmith by Stephen Wade.

The beauty of quantitative easing by Nick O’Hear.

Who is Bruce Springsteen? by Peter Knobler.
Nick Lowe by Austin de Lone.
Andrea Missé, 1976-2012 by Anthony Howell.
Strictly Come Dancing by Michelene Wandor.

Fairness and family values by Stephen Asma.
A quest of the imagination by J. B. Bury.
On social disorder by Gerald Gaus.
Joseph de Maistre’s ‘different sort of progress’ by Anthony O’Hear.
The evolution of mystery by Maurice Maeterlinck.
Carlin Romano’s America the Philosophical, reviewed by Anthony O’Hear.
Is it possible to teach creative writing? by Michelene Wandor.

Death to the Reading Class by Marshall Poe.
Bookshop Memories by George Orwell.
The e-Hypnerotomachia Poliphili by Alana Shilling.
The Production and Life of Books by C. Kegan Paul.

Anthropology, empire and modernity by Alan Macfarlane. The Huxley Lecture, Royal Anthropological Institute.
The Bedouin who guard St Catherine’s by Hilary Gilbert.
La Bièvre, the lost river of Paris. By Zoë Skoulding.
Inventing Asia by Kate Hoyland.
Sir Richard Francis Burton by Ouidah.
Genealogy in America by Drew Moore. Published with On ancestor worship by Herbert Spencer.
Fragment: Concepts of Time and the World We Live In by Alan Macfarlane.
Travel beyond the Grand Tour by Anthony Howell.

Cosmos, Life, and Liturgy by Juliet du Boulay.
From the Øιλοκαλíα to Franny’s pea-green book. By Andrew Louth.
Panentheism and the god of Athens by Thomas Conlon.

Newton’s prisms by Alan Wall.
A calendar for Mars by Rev. George Lardas.
Mars by Sir Robert Ball.

That Scottish vote — as seen from Orkney in 2014. By Nigel Wheale.
Prohibition’s ‘original Progressives’ by Andrew Sinclair.
The virtues of European populism by Denis Boyles.
Iowa’s caucuses by Jon Lauck.
The Rosenbergs and their apologists by Allen M. Hornblum.

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List of Editors & Contributors.

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