Alan Wall: ‘Geoffrey Hill’s poetic career has been mediated through his engagement with the dictionary. And that dictionary is first and foremost the OED. There is no greater dictionary in the world, and its making constitutes one of the great intellectual events of the twentieth century, though it started life in the nineteenth. There had never been anything like this before. Now the language itself has become the documented labyrinth of its own manifold meanings. Now history can be traced uttering itself thus and thus in one mutating word after another. The thought of a poet writing in English who would not grow excited turning the pages of the OED, or clicking on the electronic version, is so dismal that one wishes such a personage an even smaller readership than modern poets normally manage to acquire.’
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 |
POETRY AT THE ROOM
Saturday, 4 October at 7:30pm. 33 Holcombe Rd, Tottenham Hale, London N17. With Tom Bland, Iliassa Sequin, Anthony Costello, Alain English, John Welch. Entry £5.
SHEARSMAN EVENTS & READINGS
· Thursday 16 October 2014, 7:30pm: Jon Thompson and others. Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1.
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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.
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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