Anthony Wilson

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In my last blog post I wrote about the influence of social contexts upon one’s reading, specifically that of my friend Duncan Kramer’s copy of The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry, and my discovery in it of a host of poets including Hugo Williams and Douglas Dunn. I have made many countless discoveries this way through friends like Naomi Jaffa, Michael Laskey, Jean Sprackland, Andy Brown and Peter Carpenter. Each one of their recommendations has gone off in my life like a tiny time bomb, the effects of which are still resonating on all kinds of levels, not least pleasure. I am going to come back to these in future posts.

But there are also some discoveries you make on your own, by following your nose, and these are just as precious to me. One of these is the work of the Estonian scholar, politician and poet…

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