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Independent Metaphysics

  All in One Breath, John Burnside, Jonathan Cape, 2014, 96pp, £10 (paperback) Terror, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Faber,…

Here Because We’re Here

  The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War, Margaret MacMillan, Profile Books, 2013,…

Nasty, Brutish and Short

  The Dead Zoo, Ciaran Berry, The Gallery Press, 2013, 90pp, £10.50 (paperback) Echo’s Grove: Collected Translations, Derek Mahon, The…

Peter Pan Meets Elvis

  I Knew the Bride, Hugo Williams, Faber, 2014, 65pp, £12.99 (hardback) Hugo Williams has been called many things in…

Curious Insulations

  The Hotel Oneira, August Kleinzahler, Faber, 2013, 96pp, £12.99, (hardback) Nice Weather, Frederick Seidel, Faber, 2013, 112pp, £14.99, (hardback)…

Plath’s Rapist

I The rape of Sylvia Plath was the third traumatic event in her short life. Her father had died in…

A Child of World War I

  If World War I had never happened, I wouldn’t be here. My father, John Dudley Lucie-Smith, met my mother,…

Did Shakespeare Visit Italy?

  Did Shakespeare visit Italy? Most scholars insist that the author, despite setting a third of his plays in the…

The Estuary

  A water where the ebb-wave, flood-born is flood-broken yet the wave wavers and transports me through the river’s dam…

The Moment Before Touch

  The air grows still. As in an illustrated weekly I leaf through your eyes. To hear silence as it…

What If

  If he truly believed in angels they would appear, I said in a dream (of whom I spoke I…

Azzan

  Azzan is sounding in alleyways tonight resounding through crooked streets and empty fields of sand tonight picking the lock,…

The Nest

  A dark world, of stench and cramp, of scramble, up in the acute angle of the gable wall, the…

A Question of Desire

  A long time ago when I was young and when much of the world was still coloured red on…

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