Baudelaire, Allegory and the Aura: ‘Now Baudelaire is endlessly aware that New Paris stands on the grave of the Old Paris buried beneath it. Baudelaire’s poetry at times takes the form of a prosodic archaeology. Haussmann is merely the latest conqueror of its urban topography. If his boulevards are designed to permit speedy transit, they are also intended to prevent revolution. And in the buildings, the streets, the passers-by, the prostitutes, Baudelaire constantly finds parallels with antiquity. The ancient flashes up and meets the new in a single and unique image of illumination, which must be seized now or lost for ever. ‘
Zoran Music at Dachau by Steven Jaron | Duties of care in the study of literature by Alex Wong | ‘After Tranströmer’ and four more poems by Colin Honnor | Andrew Graham-Yooll on Stephen Spender’s last take |
Translations of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and five more poems, by Emily Critchley | Octavio Paz at Cambridge, 1970: a memoir by Richard Berengarten (Burns) | Hoyt Rogers: Translating du Bouchet: An exchange with Peter Riley | 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 |
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Saturday 25 July 2015
POETRY IN CONFLICT. The war poets of today.
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, noon. 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.
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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