Ted Hughes coming out of the radio

I have been wondering recently if the world of the poem (the one that is currently not-here, just out of … More

Why do it?

because of the words and because of the books because of the woman in the anorak at the swimming baths … More

Poetry highlights of 2014

  I have so much to be grateful for in 2014. The year began in one of my temporary fits … More

The most read Lifesaving Poems of 2014

Here are the most read Lifesaving Poems of 2014. For the first time I have been able to compare last … More

Mostly all the time nearly everything

Everyone who enters the stage begins by saying thank you * That silence * Mostly nearly all the time * … More

On generosity

By the time you read this I will be far away from here. It has not happened yet, but I … More

How to attend a poetry reading

Sometime in the early Nineties I did a very brave thing. I took myself to a poetry reading. I went … More

Lifesaving poems of summer

Now that we have finally had one in the UK, I found myself wondering recently how many of my Lifesaving Poems choices … More

Gratitude

I’m grateful to you, you see. I wanted to tell you. –Raymond Carver (‘For Tess’) A kind, wise man once … More

Lifesaving Poems: Dorothy Nimmo’s ‘Rondeau Redouble’

Rondeau Redouble   There is so little left. The room is bare. She’ll strip his sheets and blankets by and … More

When poets disappear

Some of my favourite poetry books of all time are anthologies. Not the headline selections everybody has (and has to … More

Lifesaving Poems: John Ash’s ‘The Middle Kingdom’

One of the pleasures of being alive is reading John Ash. Think of a prize-winning poet, someone you think of … More