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WHO WANTS TO BE A MINOR POET?

How have I missed Louis MacNeice on minor poets until now?

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Guest — Davina
Lines from MacNeice stay in my mind far more often than lines from some of the 'major' poets; they are mental furniture, and in al... Read More
Sunday, 08 June 2014 10:51
Guest — Nell Nelson
I am very glad of having you commenting.
Sunday, 08 June 2014 10:55
Guest — Clare Best
Ah thank you Nell for taking me back to MacNeice. I have only two volumes – one is his Selected Poems (Faber, 1940) which is one o... Read More
Sunday, 08 June 2014 12:09
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AGE, DEATH AND TULIPS

“The god of grump” someone called him on a FaceBook thread recently. Old Larkin, old love.

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Guest — Brian Îngs
Calling Larkin the God of grump rather oversteps a line. Afflicted with a massive dose of tragic consciousness gets nearer to accu... Read More
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:06
Guest — Nell Nelson
I agree with you about not pigeon-holing Larkin, Brian. I love his poems, or many of them, and they are part of my consciousness, ... Read More
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:19
Guest — Bill Bennett
"Since he’s been dead, I’ve always wanted to ask him: ‘So, Philip, was it like that? Were you right?’" Clearly you mean you think... Read More
Monday, 06 April 2015 23:38
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WHAT KINDLE CAN'T DO

I was in Wigtown, Scotand’s National Book Town. And I have something to confess.

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Andy Allan
Loved it. Thank you.
Sunday, 04 May 2014 10:38
Guest — Joan Byrne
A poet writing about a poet's response to a poet to be read by other poets. Splendid. Thank you! Thanks, too, to David Brown.... Read More
Sunday, 04 May 2014 10:57
Guest — Davina
Annotations fascinate me. I went to King Lear last night (a film of the live relay from the National Theatre shown on Thursday) c... Read More
Sunday, 04 May 2014 12:49
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HAPPENSTANCE AT THE TORRIANO

On Sunday evening, there will be a most unusual event. Probably unique, in fact.

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Guest — Rosie Miles
Hope it went well!
Monday, 14 April 2014 14:55
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WHO KILLED DYLAN THOMAS?

Ruthven Todd is very clear about it.

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Guest — Mark Haworth-Booth
Fascinating and convincing - thank you.
Sunday, 23 March 2014 12:48
Guest — Sheila Hamilton
That's all very interesting. I don't know if I would have liked Caitlin either (how can I know?) but she has certainly been given ... Read More
Sunday, 23 March 2014 16:06
Guest — Nell Nelson
I think we sometimes just don't realise the double standard we're applying. It creeps up on us. Some aspects of the Paul Ferris bi... Read More
Sunday, 23 March 2014 16:24
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RED ROSES FOR A BLUE LADY

Red roses for a blue lady. Staying with my mother, we listened to this song at least six times, singing along.

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Guest — Teresa
I happened upon this today while looking for the writers of this song. It was my grandmother's favorite (Her last name was "Blew" ... Read More
Friday, 05 May 2017 15:07
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