Books
08 April 2002
Robin Robertson has the eye of a painter. This book, his second collection, is at once a series of still-life studies...
Books
18 March 2002
I suspect that Tom Paulin's latest collection will appeal to one (admittedly large) generation, and pass all others by...
Food and Drink
17 December 2001
I never became a lesbian myself, but I knew some who did. Back in the mid-1980s, the high water mark of futile gesture...
Food and Drink
19 November 2001
In 1970, Ted Hughes wrote to his friend and fellow poet Peter Redgrove about the emotional turmoil of the previous few...
05 November 2001
At night you can see the north wind as you lie sleepless, because the net curtains bulge with it, and the whole room...
Books
01 October 2001
"O dear white children casual as birds,/Playing among the ruined languages,/So small beside their large confusing words...
Books
17 September 2001
The very name Alan Bennett invokes a life lived in the front parlour, slippered feet up on the pouffe in front of a...
Books
23 July 2001
Forget farmers - what about the poets? With the bookshop chains increasingly acting like the big supermarkets (shaft...
Books
16 July 2001
The chainsaw hovers about this book, which is James Lasdun's third collection, like some greasy mechanical incubus,...
Culture
25 June 2001
Halfway through this book, there is a "Poem on the Theme of Humour" in the form of an epistolary rebuke to the...
Books
11 June 2001
I worry about Paul Muldoon. I mean, on the one hand, here is a poet of extravagant gifts, a true original who delights...
Books
16 April 2001
All those grant-givers, Arts Council grandees, intellectual-wannabe celebs and assorted boosters who, every so often (...
Books
02 April 2001
A dozen or so years ago, I was driving through the desert somewhere in New Mexico or Arizona, one of those enormous,...
Books
12 March 2001
It is, perhaps, Paul McCartney's peculiar tragedy that he wasn't John Lennon - the edgy one; the one who, though not so...
Books
22 January 2001
In 1934, Andrei Platonov wrote to Maxim Gorky, the then chairman of the Soviet Writers' Union, to ask for help in...

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