What a marvel the National Health Service is. My three-year-old son was rushed to A&E last week with a perforated appendix and he was operated on and cared for in the Children’s Hospital at the John Radcliffe.
Aside from its impressive architecture (the cafe, above), it's one of the best facilities in the country for treating sick children. My thanks to all the staff there. Fingers crossed, my son should make a full recovery.
Ian Pindar's second poetry collection Constellations (Carcanet) is out now. His debut collection Emporium (Carcanet) was shortlisted for The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection 2012. His poems have appeared in The English Review, The Forward Book of Poetry 2011 and 2012, London Magazine, Magma, New Poetries III, Oxford Poetry, PN Review, Poetry Review, Stand, the Times Literary Supplement and Wave Composition. He won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2009, a supplementary prize in the Bridport Prize 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2010 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem).
Praise for Constellations
‘The pleasure of Constellations lies in their lyrics’ easy movement among images and observations, their development less linear than cumulative . . . In such denser passages, where the observations leap from one to another in a momentum compelling both for the intriguing train of thought and for the music of the lines, Pindar achieves “a difficult // furthering; intense, informal immediacy” in his distinctive approach to the lyric.’ Guardian
‘Pindar’s 88 brilliant new “constellations” are as haunting as they are enigmatic.’ Marjorie Perloff, author of 21st-Century Modernism: The 'New' Poetics
Praise for Emporium
‘Pindar is urbane, funny and profound. A brilliant first collection.' Poetry London
'There is real gold in this volume . . . I was about to say that Ian Pindar is a promising poet; but no, he is already a significant one.' Poetry Review
'Some of the most hyped poetry in Britain today has been ruthlessly pruned of any phrase that might ignite the slightest grin. Ian Pindar’s first collection, Emporium, is a welcome antidote. It’s dark, witty and entertaining . . . as ingenious as anything I've read for a while, and few collections have been half as entertaining.' Rob A Mackenzie, Magma
‘Here's a poetry that's light, clear, at times almost throwaway, full of political scope and menace.’ Guardian
‘Pindar’s inventiveness and sense of linguistic and literary history make this an enjoyable collection, holding promise for the future.’ Boston Review
‘It was about time for somebody to be channeling Eliot, maybe Stevens, Laforgue, and the Metaphysicals to such clashing effect: “bright as a seedsman’s packet”, with unexpected timbres and sonorities sabotaged by glockenspiel accents. Pindar is just right for the job.’ John Ashbery
‘In this sparkling debut collection Ian Pindar brilliantly fulfils Verlaine’s injunction to the poet to take eloquence and wring its neck. Emporium offers the reader a beguiling and compendious range of styles and voices, and signals the arrival of a fascinating and original poet.’ Mark Ford
‘Ian Pindar’s short, crisp and enjoyable new biography [is] an easy-going introduction to the man and a straightforward route into his work, aimed at people who know little about either.’ Josh Lacey in the Guardian
‘Pindar manages gracefully to pack a wealth of information into this brief study.’ Gerry Dukes in the Irish Independent
‘Pindar has skilfully made the process of understanding the complex relationship between Joyce’s life and work “funagain”.’ Eric Bulson in The Times Literary Supplement
“Attractive in a maddeningly opaque way.” Steven Poole in the Guardian