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Silkworms Ink have only been around for about 5 minutes, but already they’ve chalked up a staggering 50 e-chapbooks by the likes of Michael Egan, Chrissy Williams and Sam Riviere. A vital resource for scoping exciting new poetic talent, they also run an entertaining, provocative and intelligent blog. So I’m delighted to have been askedContinue reading “L”

Thoughts on Wilkinson

I want to understand better what I like about reading John Wilkinson. And as it happens to be in front of me, I’m going to talk about Down to Earth (Salt, 2006). The effect of reading Wilkinson’s poems is disorientating, but they almost always display a syntactic and grammatical logic. My brain does not encourageContinue reading “Thoughts on Wilkinson”

Re: Remote Factory

SOME RECENT THINGS >>> Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will by Judith Schalansky (Penguin) factorycraft by FOUND (Chemikal Underground) Re: by Ahren Warner (Donut Press) Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today Susan Hiller at Tate Britain

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My uncle was dispensing financial advice when the floods came. I was walking out on the jetty and frantically closing windows. He was recommending ISAs, which was strange as the sun was flat. I used the colour drop tool to change the sky. Brickwork was falling and then I was gripping it in my handsContinue reading “Untitled”

Chingonyi on Chivers

Having previously written on The Terrors, Kayo Chingonyi has now turned his critical eye towards my collection How To Build A City. In his review for Eyewear, Kayo has lots of very interesting and acute things to say about my poems, particularly the 7/7 sequence ‘Rush Hour’ and the title poem. He concludes (I repeat this for myContinue reading “Chingonyi on Chivers”

A New Kind of Street Ballad

So, I didn’t quite make the Michael Marks Award. That honour rightly goes to Selima Hill for her outstanding Flarestack pamphlet. Any (mild) disappointment was erased by the privilege of hearing an exhilirating, learned and empassioned speech by Ali Smith. She was one of three judges, alongside Jo Shapcott and Richard Price. A speech so good it was republished inContinue reading “A New Kind of Street Ballad”