Category Archives: Poetry

Entropy, by Neil Rollinson

Your coffee grows cold on the kitchen table,which means the universe is dying.Your dress on the carpet is just a dress,it has lost all sense of you now.I open the window, the sky is darkand the house is also cooling,… Continue reading

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The Pope’s Penis, by Sharon Olds

It hangs deep in his robes, a delicate clapper at the center of a bell. It moves when he moves, a ghostly fish in a halo of silver seaweed, the hair swaying in the dimness and the heat – and… Continue reading

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“The Wreck” by Don Paterson

But what lovers we were, what lover,Even when it was all over -the deadweight bull-black wines we swungtowards each other rang and ranglike bells of blood, our own great hearts.We slung the drunk boat out of portand watched our unreal… Continue reading

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Die a Millionaire, by J.H. Prynne.

The first essential is to take knowledge back to the springs, because despite everything and especially the recent events carried under that flag, there is specific power in the idea of it that what is known can be used to… Continue reading

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Adams on Photographing Evil

“Few photographers themselves have, however, supported the use of the adjective “concerned” as a way of distinguishing one artist from another; they know firsthand that all art is the product of concern. They believe as a consequence that it has… Continue reading

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Maeterlinck on Language

“as soon as we put something into words, we devalue it in a strange way. we think we have plunged into the depths of the abyss, and when we return to the surface the drop of water on our pale… Continue reading

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One off: Williams & McElroy

  Sorrow is my own yard where the new grass flames as it has flamed often before, but not with the cold fire that closes round me this year. Thirty-five years I lived with my husband. The plum tree is… Continue reading

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One off: Soth & Wadsworth Longfellow.

There are things of which I may not speak; There are dreams that cannot die; There are thoughts that make the strong heart weak, And bring a pallor into the cheek, And a mist before the eye. And the words… Continue reading

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One off: W.S. Merwin.

“I think it is essential to recognize the probable result of what we have done and are doing, but when we have seen that and its roots in human motives, the menaced world may seem more to be treasured than… Continue reading

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Winterson on Fiction

“Fiction and poetry are doses, they’re medicines. And what they heal is the rupture reality makes on the imagination.” — Jeanette Winterson, in a lecture for the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre, 2010.

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