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The New Isaiah: A Forgotten English Poem of the 1930s – Niall McDevitt

Flicking through the fine hardback New Collected Poems of David Gascoyne (Enitharmon, 2014), I finally saw in the contents list the name of a poem I’d always wanted to read. All I’d ever known of it was the title, The … Continue reading

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David Gascoyne: 2012 – Niall McDevitt

Is it possible for a 20th century poet to be a contemporary? David Gascoyne, who died in 2001—just managing to dip his toes into the third millenium—is a special case. A first biography of the cultic but widely overlooked poet … Continue reading

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Two More Prose Pieces – George Barker

Poem in an Orange Wig ‘Personally I feel as though I was drowning in a sea of boiling water.’ This is the sentence uttered by Schoenberg when he was invited to describe his life as a composer. He went on: … Continue reading

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Two Prose Pieces – George Barker

[from a file named ‘works deserving redistribution’] Letter to a Deaf Poet No, it is not that I think you so unfortunate in that affliction. (There was once an old woman, who, when she found that she could hear, wished … Continue reading

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