Monday, May 30, 2011

Emporium encore (I am the Walrus)

Huge thanks to Jonathan Jones (aka Belgianwaffle) for saying nice things about Emporium

Jonathan creates exquisite poem-books at the Sticky Pages Press, such as this one, the library of last resort.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday Poem

Forgot to mention I had a poem in the Guardian last week: 'On the French Riviera'. You can read it here.

That's it. I can't think of anything else to fill up this blank space with.

Oh, but there is this petition from Save the Children. Do sign it if you feel so inclined:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Emporium Day

My debut poetry collection Emporium is officially published today, so I would like to say woo-hoo.

It was accepted for publication in October 2008, so it has been a loooooooong wait.

But worth it.

It is being published at a time when the poetry sector of British publishing – a "delicately balanced, even fragile, ecology" – is under threat as never before.

It is being published at a time when the "biodiversity of poetry publishing in England" is in "jeopardy".

It is being published after swingeing cuts by the Arts Council to many fine independent poetry publishers.

It is being published in what appear to be the last days of the Poetry Book Society, established by T. S. Eliot.

It is being published today!

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Guinness Test: Monarchy vs Democracy

One of these Heads of State did not have to get elected  the other knows how to at least appear to be having a damn good time . . .



As a daily consumer of the Black Stuff, I know which Head of State I prefer.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Thanks to Peter Gizzi -- who read from his raw and powerful forthcoming book Threshold Songs (NB do get hold of his other books The Outernationale and Some Values of Landscape and Weather if you can) -- and to all who organised the Albion Beatnik Bookshop reading. I think this notice in The Oxonian Review qualifies as my first review:

Emerging from the broad French Symbolist and Surrealist traditions, via T.S. Eliot, and with more than a touch of NY School glitter and wide allusiveness, Pindar’s learned, witty, and admirably controlled poems tend to follow an attractively quirky logic not often seen in contemporary British poetry. At their best, they expose the dark underside of the Metaphors We Live By.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Event Update

My Albion Beatnik Bookshop reading with Peter Gizzi will be starting an hour later than advertised -- 7.30 p.m., so as not to clash with the great Geoffrey Hill's latest lecture.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Poetry Reading

Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 34 Walton Street, Oxford
Tuesday, May 10 • 6.30pm - 9.30pm

The Albion Beatnik will be hosting poets Peter Gizzi and Ian Pindar for a reading on May 10th, beginning at 6.30 pm. Free entry for all. Wine will be available too.

Peter Gizzi is a highly acclaimed American poet, author of four books of poetry (most recently The Outernationale) and editor of numerous publications, notably My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008).

The Information by James Gleick

Review in the Guardian here