27 February 2014
Two poems by Lavinia Greenlaw.
29 July 2002
Hell has lost its capital letter. It has become a cipher for our worst earth- and ego-bound fears. We no longer apply...
08 July 2002
Janice Galloway is an overtly musical writer. With Clara, she has made music her subject, specifically the life of...
20 May 2002
How about this for sheer pleasure: "With my new orange bike really big orange bike leaving the camp site going faster...
The agonised self. Primo Levi, clear-eyed chronicler of horror, survived Auschwitz only to commit suicide in late middle age. Lavinia Greenlaw explores the mysterious life of this "unheroic" Italian
01 April 2002
Primo Levi admired his grandfather, who was known for never using more than six words at a time. So what would Levi,...
Food and Drink
11 February 2002
Henry Fox Talbot, the pioneering photographer and amateur etymologist, struggled with the word "sublime". He complained...
13 March 2000
The demise of the Oxford University Press poetry list left some of our most interesting poets without a home. Faber...
Food and Drink
29 November 1999
People who know poets, or who like to talk about poets, often say that their world is particularly malicious,...
News of the world. The best verse in English over the past 100 years has, as with fiction, been by writers from beyond these shores. Lavinia Greenlaw maps the poetic century
22 November 1999
Looking at the past 100 years of poetry in English is like reconsidering the nature of time. The past doesn't stay...
18 October 1999
What if we had never heard of Housman or Keats but came to them for the first time through these books? This seems to...
07 June 1999
I came across a statistic once suggesting that more people write poetry than go to football matches. Perhaps I dreamt...
26 April 1999
Ian Hamilton long ago decided to keep his poetry apart from what he referred to as his "so-called literary life". As...
19 March 1999
It has been said that a novel is a lazy poem. There is something in this. A good poem meets Coleridge's demand for "...
15 January 1999
Anvil Press, 30 years old , has been described by its publisher Peter Jay as "England's longest surviving specialist...
18 December 1998
Poetry anthologies should fit in your pocket, to be lived with, mulled over and dipped into. Then again they should be...