The Less Consoled | Helen Mort on poetry and landscape

Peter Riley Due North Shearsman £9.95 Blake Morrison Shingle Street Chatto £10.00 In a recent New Statesman article, naturalist and environmental activist Mark Cocker described a subtle shift in British …

A Neo-Modernist Chameleon

Drew Milne on the revived reputation of Nicholas Moore Nicholas Moore Selected Poems (edited by John Lucas and Matthew Welton with an introduction by Mark Ford) Shoestring £14.99 Amid the scrambled …

The Gaelic Objectivists

David Wheatley on a new anthology of Early Irish poetry Maurice Riordan (Editor) The Finest Music: An Anthology of Early Irish Lyrics Faber £14.99 Seamus Heaney was not the first …

The World or the Self

Michael Hulse divides the Mariannes from the Sylvias David Harsent Fire Songs Faber £12.99 Ruth Padel Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth Chatto £10.00 Roddy Lumsden Not All Honey …

Realities and Dreams

Sue Rose Heart Archives Hercules Editions, £10 Richard O’Brien The Emmores The Emma Press, £5 Harry Man Lift tall-lighthouse, £5 Holly Hopkins Soon Every House Will Have One Smith/Doorstop, £5 …

Chaucer: Movie Stills or Slam Remix

Lavinia Greenlaw A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde Faber £16.99 Patience Agbabi Telling Tales Canongate £14.99 Both A Double Sorrow and Telling Tales borrow their basic frame from works by …

Chuang-Tzu and Prospero

Caleb Klaces on the improbable range of Christopher Middleton’s work Christopher Middleton Collected Later Poems Carcanet, £25.00   Christopher Middleton’s Collected Later Poems begins with something missing. The first poem, ‘For …

Returning an Echo

Peter Robinson on the aspirations of Derek Mahon’s ‘adaptations’ Derek Mahon Echo’s Grove Gallery, €22.50/€13.90 Derek Mahon’s ‘Echo’, subtitled ‘from the Latin of Ovid, Metamorphoses III, 356-402’, begins by explaining how …

Narrating from the Margins

Chrissy Williams Flying Into The Bear HappenStance £4.00 Fiona Moore The Only Reason for Time HappenStance £4.00 Tim Liardet Madame Sasoo Goes Bathing Shoestring £7.00 Shazea Quraishi The Courtesans Reply …

Everyday Odysseys

Clare Pollard Ovid’s Heroines Bloodaxe £9.95 Kate Tempest Brand New Ancients Picador £9.99   Ovid’s Heroides, written some time between 25 and 16 BCE, was pretty groundbreaking stuff. A series …

How Hard Can It Be?

Keston Sutherland The Odes to TL61P Enitharmon £8.99 Simon Jarvis Eighteen Poems Eyewear £12.99 Luke Kennard A Lost Expression Salt 12.99 Cherry Smyth Test, Orange Pindrop £9.99   Well before …

Rocking On and Off the Page

Paul Muldoon Songs and Sonnets Enitharmon, £9.99 Paul Muldoon The Word on the Street Faber, £12.99 Benjamin Zephaniah (Film directed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce) To Do Wid Me Bloodaxe, £12.00 Luke …