Alan Wall: Blake’s Newton as he portrays him is luminous, but he is entirely intent on measurement, and his vision has been constricted to a downward gaze. Like Nebuchadnezzar he is being pulled down by the gravitational pull of dead materiality, where Blake’s more glorious figures always move upwards and outwards. They are presented to us as the source of their own energy – God is only ever alive through his vital being inside the living creatures of imagination – and it is the light of themselves that illuminates their vivid landscapes. Their bodies are luminous with their spirits; indistinguishable from them. They radiate energy continuously. Their flesh is the irradiated form of their souls.
Alan Wall on William Blake: Lux, lumen and the lights of science. | Peter Riley on the poetry of the second person. | Anthony Howell’s year-end bedside reading table. | Merritt Moseley on the daily routines of writers. | Modern Italian poetry by Giardinazzo and Genovesi, in translations by Hoyt Rogers | Alex Houen: Two new poems: ‘Eucalypso Redux’ and ‘Battleships/Romance’. | Peter Riley: Martin Harrison’s pastoral poetry. | Ian Sansom: Henry Wellcome’s memento mori. | Alana Shilling: Letting down the élites (Theatre in New York). | Peter Riley: Summer’s end 2013: Brief notices. | Alan Wall: Shakespeare in fragments: 52 posthumous reflections. | The Curiosities seen by Anthony Howell | Frank Jewett Mather: The inside of the open mind. |
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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.
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The Wellcome Collection: Henry Wellcome’s memento mori. | Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts: Box-fresh in Norwich. | Scottish National Museum: Dolly the sheep in Francis Fowke’s beast. | Writers Museum, Dublin: tat and ephemera.
Martin Harrison’s pastoral poetry. | Narrative Poetry | Summer’s end 2013: Brief notices. | Poems with zip! | New York poets. | The youth tactic. | Edward Dorn – a two-part review. | What’s happened to ‘working-class’ poetry? | The ‘infinitely expandable’ minimalism of Anthony Barnett. | The prosaic declarations of ‘world poetry’. | Books received: Summer 2012. | Alistair Noon and the English Sonnet. | Peter Hughes and Oystercatcher Press. | Poetry Prize Culture and the Aberdeen Angus. | Denise Riley and the force of bereavement. | Poetry beyond the cults and enclaves.
Four new poems by John Welch. | Peter Hughes: Quite Frankly, a sequence. | Peter Robinson: A portfolio of six new poems. | Alex Houen: Two new poems: ‘Eucalypso Redux’ and ‘Battleships/Romance’. |
Alan Wall: 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.
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.
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