The voice you hear when you write

Writing is about hypnotizing yourself into believing in yourself, getting some work done, then unhypnotyzing yourself and going over the … More

Lifesaving Poems: Craig Raine’s ‘Heaven on Earth’

Heaven on Earth   Now that it is night, you fetch the wash from outer space,   from the frozen … More

Lifesaving Poems: Simon Armitage’s ‘To His Lost Lover’

Sometime In the early Nineties BBC 2 did a very wonderful thing; it showed a film, an hour and a … 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

I was struck by a remark of Seamus Heaney in an interview he gave some years ago now. He was … More