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Edwin Muir: Two Poems

Find out more about Muir and his work: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/edwin-muir

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C.K. Williams

I’ve only recently become acquainted with the American poet C.K.Williams, whose work negotiates a delicate balance between sharply focused observations of common ‘reality’ and a sense of half-glimpsed alternatives by which it is haunted. ‘Light’ is a classic example, poising … Continue reading

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A Little W.H. Auden Never Goes Astray . . .

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Fay Zwicky

A mediation on writing poetry, by way of apologising for not writing poetry. Poets play all sorts of games, especially with themselves.

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Eavan Boland

One of Ireland’s great poets has just passed. Read more about Boland at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/eavan-boland

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Another Edward Thomas Piece

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Louis MacNiece

In response to a request, here are a couple of pieces by the Anglo-Irish poet Louis MacNiece. All comments or questions welcome! Snow BY LOUIS MACNEICE The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window wasSpawning snow and pink roses against … Continue reading

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The Free and the Brave

A new poem just published in Arena. A bit overtaken by events, but not without its relevance still.

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Coffee at Dusk

Another of mine, in the form of a naïve defence of coffee and poetry in challenging times. Coffee at Dusk  What road might poetry disclose, awayand out from under curdled cloud’s suspense?Not medicine or therapy, but play:the skipping-rope and hop-scotch back … Continue reading

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Amy Clampitt

Here’s something new(-ish) we can try, while we wait for our sessions to resume (whenever that may happen). I’ll try to upload a poem or two weekly, some from my archive of items we’ve discussed over the years, and other … Continue reading

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