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THINGS ARRANGED IN THREES

The time has come. I can’t put it off another day.

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Guest — Simon R. Gladdish
Dear Helena This is a lovely piece about a fine poet. My favourite bit was the final stanza 'The Departure of the Good Daemon.' W... Read More
Sunday, 05 October 2014 13:31
Guest — Alfie
Simon, perhaps he could only compose verse under the influence of copious quantities of crab-apple cider; and perhaps Larkin just ... Read More
Sunday, 05 October 2014 18:41
Guest — frances corkey thompson
Lovely mellow fruitfulness, Nell-o.
Sunday, 05 October 2014 19:49
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WESTRON WYNDE WHEN WILT THOU BLOW?

There are old poems and there are new poems. But some of the new ones feel old and some of the old ones feel new.

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Guest — Elizabeth Barrett
The small rain, and the arms, and your mention of Spring put me in mind of the e.e. cummings poem which ends 'nobody, not even the... Read More
Sunday, 28 September 2014 11:16
Guest — jenny galton-fenzi
Thank you, Nell, for reminding about this magic poem, so full of longing for home. Another of my favourites: 'Grey goose and gand... Read More
Sunday, 28 September 2014 18:25
Guest — Brian
Please translate : westron and cryst What I read is "western" and "criest" as in "cry's out". What is the meaning of "The small ra... Read More
Saturday, 03 October 2015 03:43
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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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