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.’
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 |
FIFTH SURREY POETRY FESTIVAL. The Ivy Arts Center, University of Surrey, Guildford: Saturday 9th of May from midday till 10 p.m.
Novelists John Healy and Patrick McGuinness, with Nicholas Johnson, film maker Holly Antrum, Catalan poet Jessica Pujol, plus Emily Critchley, John Hall and Simon Pettet. Grand finale: an all-cast-and-audience 26-part performance of Bob Cobbing’s ‘ABC In Sound.in Sound’. Details here.
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.
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.
Poetry of the second person: Robinson and Welch. | 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: 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.
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