Lately I’ve spent a lot of time wondering if there’s anything about the years I spent producing academic writing about English poetry that can be salvaged from the wreck of the university. I’m somewhat comforted by the fact that I was never actually that good at the kind of crit…
When I was about twelve, I think, I broke a banker’s lamp. My granny had given it to me after my grandpa died. He wasn’t a banker, but he owned one of …
we destroy the whole world the great spreadsheet after the event after the dissolution of spirit we level disenchantment starting again from the ground…
There's a difference between a house and a home. Conventionally, we might think that a house is a mere building but a home is something more – by addin…
I didn’t write any letters in June because events seemed to have overtaken the need for poetry-criticism for a while. During both a pandemic and an upr…
‘Perversion’ has two distinct but related meanings, which describe the contrarian (‘perverse’) and the deviant (‘perverted’), both stemming from per-ve…
When I taught intro-to-poetry classes, I ended each term with ‘Write Fucked Up Poems’, by Hoa Nguyen, not only because I did want the students to write…
In this first letter, I write about Nuar Alsadir’s poem ‘Quantum Displacement’, published by Granta Magazine and available to read here: https://granta…
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