What you read in 2018

Here are my most frequently-read blog posts of 2018, according to my WordPress stats.


First, from the Lifesaving Poems series:


The Dead Woman (La Muerta) -Pablo Neruda

Atlas -UA Fanthorpe

To His Lost Lover -Simon Armitage

The Journey -Mary Oliver

Everything is Going to be All Right -Derek Mahon

The Art of Disappearing – Naomi Shihab Nye

The Half-Finished Heaven -Tomas Tranströmer

Night Drive -Seamus Heaney

Thank You, Lord, Thank You -Michel Quoist

May the Silence Break -Brendan Kennelly


And here are the ten most-read new blog posts from 2018:


Saying goodbye

Losing my ambition

UCU Strike Notebook

On being chipper

Lifesaving Poems: Carrie Fountain’s Poem Without Sleep

UCU Strike Poems 3 -Calling Him Back From Layoff, by Bob Hicok

On a failure

Lifesaving Poems: Stuart Pickford’s The Curtain Falls

The Year of Living Deeply 17: All I Want, by Joni Mitchell

Brother, genius


With deep thanks and a happy Christmas to all of my readers.

I look forward to seeing more of you in 2019.



  1. At first I thought, oh no, but reading through a few of your blogs – UAFanthorpe, Heaney, listening to Derek Mahon, and saving the rest for a later time – I thank you for bothering to give us your compilation. And I shall probably buy your book for a friend who’s just been given the dreaded diagnosis of NHL, although I hold off out delicacy of not wanting to intrude at such a terrible moment. I know that you’ll understand. With all best wishes, Cathy Nicholls

    Catherine Nicholls Ashbrook, Winsford Somerset TA24 7HN 01643 851430


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    1. Hi Catherine. Would you like me to send you a copy of Love for Now in the new year? Or was it another book you wanted? I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Wishing you a very happy Christmas


  2. Thank you for all your blog posts through 2018. I’ve read and enjoyed each new post. Shared ‘The Good’ with a good friend as well as introdyced her to your blog. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and peace. 🥂

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  3. Thank you Anthony for another year of superlative writing.

    In keeping with the season, after reading your words, I am filled with the same sensation I first experienced upon reading A Christmas Carol, a feeling of expansiveness and elevation above the pettiness of the everyday world.

    The connection between beautiful writing and emotion, as in great music, is a miracle.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family from the Land of Ice and Snow! Jerry.


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