The latest issue of Poetry London is out now, with the now-customary spray of brilliant poems and reviews. I’m glad to have been asked to contribute a piece on two new translations, Simon Armitage’s The Death of King Arthur (Faber) and Jane Draycott’s Pearl (Carcanet). On Pearl: Draycott opts for a flowing, contemporary freeContinue reading “Light-filled Visions from a Dark Past”
Go, litel book, go litel myn tragedie, Ther god thy maker yet, er that he dye, So sende might to make in som comedie! But litel book, no making thou nenvye, But subgit be to alle poesye; And kis the steppes, wher-as thou seest pace Virgile, Ovyde, Omer, Lucan, and Stace. And for ther isContinue reading “Go, litel book!”
It’s my birthday today (Tuesday). I am 25. More importantly I am seriously wetting myself at the prospect of the Beeb’s new series The Medieval Mind. Even the teaser ad is a thing of beauty.