The Death of Francis Bacon – Max Porter

Once you’ve read The Death of Francis Bacon, you can’t help feeling that only Max Porter could have tackled the imagined thoughts of this violently visual painter. As already seen in Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny, Porter’s style suits the noisy, graphic style of the painter himself. In a way, the layout … Continue reading The Death of Francis Bacon – Max Porter

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter

This has been on my radar since I found and fell in love with Lanny, Porter's second book. And man, this one has undone me. It's unlike anything else I've read, a verse narrative exploring the aftermath of loss, and the route grief takes when your bereavement counsellor is a large, rude, trickster crow. It … Continue reading Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter

An Interview with … Claire ‘Fluff’ Llewellyn

Today I'm chatting to Claire 'Fluff' Llewellyn about her new collection, word play, and poetic inspiration. Hi Claire. Thanks for 'dropping in', so to speak! Tell us something about your new book. My new publication, RHYME & REASON: Facets of a Life, is a collection of both non-fiction and fiction poems in metered rhyme. The … Continue reading An Interview with … Claire ‘Fluff’ Llewellyn

Man Booker 2018 – Robin Robertson’s The Long Take #review

Shortlisted for the Man Booker this year, Robertson’s The Long Take manages to be both a sweeping view of post-war American, a victorious country in a state of internal turmoil, and an intimate account of a veteran’s struggle with what he has seen and done. Told in narrative free verse, Robertson’s novel is breathtaking in … Continue reading Man Booker 2018 – Robin Robertson’s The Long Take #review

Kevin Powers’ Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: A War Poet of our Times

As long as war exists, it will perhaps be in our natures to try to capture it, perhaps to understand it, perhaps in some desperate way to learn something about it and about ourselves. In Last Post, her final poem of 1914 Poetry Remembers, Carol Ann Duffy imagines a world in which poetry can reverse … Continue reading Kevin Powers’ Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: A War Poet of our Times

William Sieghart’s The Poetry Pharmacy – a poetic prescription.

I was fortunate enough to get onto Radio 4’s Front Row for a few minutes and have William Sieghart prescribe a poem for my ailment – my feeling of being overwhelmed by the mundane deadlines of a straightforward life. Compared to the things other people find themselves facing, mounting work deadlines, a party to plan, … Continue reading William Sieghart’s The Poetry Pharmacy – a poetic prescription.