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W.H. Auden, expatriate philanthropist
Poetry

W.H. Auden, expatriate philanthropist

For the next chapter of my thesis, it’s all about Auden. Wystan Hugh Auden most people will have heard of as the author of ‘Funeral Blues’, or the English Poet Laureate that never was. Oxford graduate, inveterate chain smoker, left-wing polemicist, born-again Anglican, lover of classical music, hater of flowers indoors, and iconic twentieth-century poet, Auden is … Continue reading

Original Work / Poetry

Redress

Remembering is not nearly enough, until, rough and lacking, she begins to speak, giving form to feeling as autumn trees, miles away, instead give way to winter, bringing forth the harder life; redress foregone in an unkind season. Speaking is not nearly enough, until, dour and spent, she becomes aloof, giving nothing away as the … Continue reading

Summer Solstice
Poetry

Summer Solstice

-А это вы можете описать? И я сказала: -могу   Returning on a cloudless Bacchic night we walk by the beach soft-stained with light; you stop my hand to point towards the pier, as the tide blows North Sea air into my ear, the horizon one vein stretched from west to east, each colour summer-streaked … Continue reading

Review of David Constantine’s ‘Elder’
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Review of David Constantine’s ‘Elder’

First published in the New Welsh Review Issue 104 (Summer 2014) As co-editor of Modern Poetry in Translation from 2004-2013 and commissioning editor for the Oxford Poets imprint of Carcanet Press, David Constantine has ample critical experience in the realm of poetry, and it is palpably evident in his tenth collection, Elder. This collection, published on his seventieth birthday, … Continue reading