Culture
22 October 2009
Working blues
Books
09 August 2004
This is proving to be a bumper year for centenaries. So far, we have had the entente cordiale, Beatrix Potter's...
Books
05 July 2004
It's rush hour; 80 degrees in the shade, 100 degrees and more on the Tube. Your fellow travellers throng the platform a...
Books
24 May 2004
Just occasionally, a new collection of poetry appears that makes you recalibrate your scale of judgement, makes you...
Books
24 November 2003
Taken as a whole, the poetry of the First World War exhibits a strong and simple story: the shift from innocence to...
Books
13 October 2003
Lavinia Greenlaw's third collection, Minsk, deals with themes of home, migration and return. The thought is not so much...
Books
01 September 2003
It would be hard to overstate Robert Lowell's contribution to 20th-century poetry. His Life Studies (1959) has arguably...
Books
14 July 2003
Just over ten years ago, not long after the first Gulf war, I started working for the free-speech magazine Index on...
Books
23 June 2003
It would be hard to overstate the importance of the small magazine to the business of poetry. The rhyme rags provide a...
Culture
12 May 2003
Bernard O'Donoghue's fourth collection of poetry is peopled largely by the dead: not only the ghosts of the poet's...
Culture
03 March 2003
This book is the distillation of 11 collections over a 35-year career, and will certainly confirm the position of the...
Books
14 October 2002
Being poet laureate is one of those jobs - like England football coach or director general of the BBC - that are...
Books
26 August 2002
The best literature, Simon Armitage has written, "is a kind of written-down talk. And poetry . . . is a more stylised...
Books
24 June 2002
Here is a book with a simple title that conceals great ambiguities within its two baldly associated terms: what is...
Books
20 May 2002
This second collection by Clare Pollard is a vibrant despatch from the frontier of youth. Here are poems that deal with...

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