Alan Wall: Tyndale ‘was on the side of the humble interpreters of the Bible’s teaching, against those who thought themselves supreme authorities. Hence his famous statement: ‘If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plough shall know more of the scripture than thou dost.’ This was addressed to a theological opponent, one said to be learned, whose position in society was somewhat grander than following a plough. We all have the right to midrash; to that questioning of the original scripture, as long as it is driven by a fierce will to get to the truth. Pushed on by the ploughman’s shoulder.’
Alan Wall: Walter Benjamin and the ‘canonicity’ of Kafka. | Four new poems, including Ruskin at Brantwood by Christopher Steare. | Nine thimblefuls of fiction by Ian Seed | Robert McHenry on Keats in the Ninth | My part in the downfall of everything: a satire by Anthony Howell | Marcel Cohen: The Magdeburg Sphere, translated by Steven Jaron | Robert McHenry: An introduction to ‘q.v.’ | Peter Riley: the apophatic poetry of André du Bouchet. | ‘X’, an excerpt from ‘Due North’ by Peter Riley. | Alex Wong on the poet as ‘strategic’ ironist. | Peter Riley on the long arc of Christopher Middleton’s work. | Alan Wall on Walter Benjamin and the linguistics of Ferdinand de Saussure. | Sanjeev Sethi: Three new poems. | Two poems by Arup K Chatterjee. | The TS Eliot Prize at the RFH: So what’s new? By Anthony Howell. | Robert McHenry on Sarah Bakewell’s Life of Montaigne. | Peter Riley: Northern poets in public places. | Théo. Gautier’s preface to ‘Émaux et camées’ and Three poems by Anne Mounic in new translations by Harry Guest. | Hoyt Rogers: Three essays on Romeo and Juliet. | Five poems by Jules Supervielle in translations by Ian Seed | Alan Wall’s ‘Reflections on Walter Benjamin‘ — a new series. | Peter Riley’s ‘Poetry Notes': Poets no longer young. | A sceptic looks at mysticism by Oliver Elton | Bigotry in children by Tom Zoellner | Wittgenstein, words, and pictures by Jaime Robles. | An excerpt from ‘Silent Highway’ by Anthony Howell | Christine Simon on Thomas Young and the nineteenth-century light wars | Pierre Chappuis in new translations from ‘Blind Distance’. | André du Bouchet: a portfolio of his verse translated by Paul Auster and Hoyt Rogers with an introduction to his work. | Lorenzo Calogero: Six poems in new translations by John Taylor. | Nigel Wheale on that Scottish vote — as seen from Orkney. | Robin Saikia’s latest Letter from Venice | Alan Wall on Geoffrey Hill and the OED. | La Bièvre, the lost river of Paris. By Zoë Skoulding. | The mosaic of the Transfiguration by Cyril Mango | The Bedouin who guard St Catherine’s by Hilary Gilbert | Peter Riley on the new pastoral in French poetry | Robin Saikia’s Letter from Venice: The Feast of the Redentore. | Two new ‘raptures’ by Nigel Wheale: How’s the Mood-Board? and The Omega Point | New poetry by Manash Bhattacharjee: ‘Children of war in Palestine’. | Textuality by Alan Wall. | La Serenissima: A dossier by Robin Saikia, Gigi Bon, Hoyt Rogers, Michele Casagrande, with photos by Alvise Nicoletti. | Recessional and other new poems by Hoyt Rogers. | Grandeur, a new poem by Andrew Jordan. | Alan Wall: ‘The Art of Writing’ and other new poems. | An introduction to Peter Dent and A slanting view of Peter Redgrove by Harry Guest | Nigel Wheale on Thomas Tallis, installed at the Cloisters | A Fortnightly dossier: Remy de Gourmont by Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, John Taylor and Paul Cohen |
Contact The Fortnightly.
POETRY AT THE ROOM.
With Amy Blakemore, Cheryl Moskowitz, John Clegg and Annie Katchinska – Hosted by Tom Bland. Saturday 4 July. 7.30 pm – £5 admission with a contribution for refreshments. The Room: 33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9AS .
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.
Alan Wall: William Blake. | Therianthropes and vents. | Constellations. | Pattern recognition and the periodic table. | Extremities of perception in an age of lenses. | Demotic ritual. | Science and disenchantment. | The self-subversion of the book. | Newton’s prisms. | The Janus face of Metaphor. | Clues and labyrinths. | Ruin, the collector and sad mortality.
Spritz at the villa. | The Feast of the Redentore.–>
Keith Johnson: Deganello’s ‘Torso’ sofa. | Kuramata’s ‘Miss Blanche’ chair. | A silver fruit bowl by Ettore Sottsass. | Pistoletto’s wall lamp. | Franz West’s austere chain lamp | Joseph Kosuth’s dream of Freud’s couch. | Lawrence Weiner’s mythic waste basket. | …and his desk and bench with a message.
Michael Blackburn: When Nietzsche and the Prophet came to England.
In the New Series
- The Current Principal Articles.
- Copyright, print archive & contact information.
- Editorial statement, submission guidelines, and proposing new Notices.
- For subscribers: Odd Volumes from The Fortnightly Review.
- Mrs Courtney’s history of The Fortnightly Review.
- Support for the World Oral Literature Project.
- The Fortnightly Review’s email list.
- The Function of Criticism at the Present Time.
- The Initial Prospectus of The Fortnightly Review.
- The Trollope Prize.
- The Editors and Contributors.
- An Explanation of the New Series.
- Subscriptions & Commerce.
By Roger Berkowitz, Juliet du Boulay, Denis Boyles, Stan Carey, H.R. Haxton, Allen M. Hornblum, Alan Macfarlane, Anthony O’Hear, Andrew Sinclair, Harry Stein, Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé, and many others. Free access.
· James Thomson [B.V.]
More daily in
Anthony Howell: The new libertine in exile.
Kate Hoyland: Inventing Asia, with Joseph Conrad and a Bible for tourists.
Who is Bruce Springsteen? by Peter Knobler.
Martin Sorrell on John Ashbery’s illumination of Arthur Rimbaud.
The beauty of Quantitative Easing.
Prohibition’s ‘original Progressives’.