Monthly Archives: November 2012

Reunions


Reunions are suddenly big business. The next telephone call will not be to sell you double glazing, but your own past. Should you buy it? Reunions used to be simple things. They were organised by schools and universities who needed … Continue reading

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If you think rap is too violent read this (or get a slap)


It is a cliché to argue that rap is nothing more than a noisy, misogynistic, homophobic rant. But compare it with the cultural inheritance of the Anglo-Saxon groups. This is from Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowolf (Faber 1999), which includes … Continue reading

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wot is poetry? (three answers for the price of one)


1 -The Conundrum of the Workshop What is the difference between a good poem, a bad poem and something which is not poetry at all? There is no simple answer, but there are a few simple responses which can render … Continue reading

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Does poetry have rules?


Does poetry have rules? No. But yes. But no. Each generation or new movement breaks away from old routines, habits and restrictions to create a new way of making poetry. That is how we develop and keep it fresh. Often, … Continue reading

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