A nest of rag and bone

Originally posted on Freefall:
Reviewing John Burnside’s latest collection Still Life With Feeding Snake earlier this week, I was drawn to two poems that frame the male gaze, ‘Annunciation in Grey and Black’ and ‘Approaching Sixty’. In the latter, the narrator watches a girl in a cafe in Innsbruck as she winds her hair then…


Various different and, on the surface, unrelated events have made me think about drafting and redrafting. My thoughts were initially prompted by a decision to write poetry. I have been writing poetry on an occasional and spontaneous basis since I was thirteen years old; starting with no doubt cringe-making teenage angst, and progressing to political… Continue reading redrafting

Politics, poetry

Originally posted on Roy Marshall:
2016 has been a tumultuous year in western politics. Here in the UK the repercussions of referendum result on leaving the European Union are yet to be understood. Then there was the American election result which seems to have come as a shock to so many. There has been much debate on the role of…