Author Archives: Bob
One of Ireland’s great poets has just passed. Read more about Boland at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/eavan-boland
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
A new poem just published in Arena. A bit overtaken by events, but not without its relevance still.
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
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
Having just returned from a family visit in the U.S., I realise I haven’t posted here for some time. In addition, circumstances have shifted dramatically underfoot in recent months. The advent of the coronavirus has made the suspension of all … Continue reading
On Wednesday 20 November, I’ve been asked to help launch a new book by my friend, colleague and publisher Christine Mathieu, the proprietor of Littlefox Press, which is publishing her extraordinary book on the teaching of French to anglophone students, Voyages … Continue reading
Only a week to go till the launch of Engelboc.
A large-ish poem of mine, in several sections, has just been published by Eureka Street, under the title ‘Brinksmanship’, as well as another long piece called ‘Meteorology’. These are edgy times, by anyone’s measure, with uncertain weathers gathering in several … Continue reading