The long and short of it – Thomas Ovans explores a pair of very different poetry anthologies.
Sometimes the best of intentions can turn to ashes in the mouth. Jack Thorne’s Hope doesn’t go quite that far but his much anticipated blast against the current relentless drive for public sector cuts, though welcome and well intentioned, is a disappointment.
D A Prince finds that Mahendra Solanki’s tight, economical poems leave ample room for the reader.
John Forth examines both the poetic and the performance aspects of Sue Boyle’s new book
* This issue of London Grip features new poems by: *Mukul Dahal *Frances Smith *Jan Hutchison *Murray Bodo *Geoffrey Heptonstall *Anthony Wilson *Maggie Butt *Ian C Smith *Hugh Underhill *Emma Neale *Michael Lee Johnson *Shadwell Smith *Phil Wood *John Forth *Neil Curry *Malcolm Carson *Angela Kirby *June Hall *Emma Lee *Jo Roach *Laura McKee *Michael(…)
Plum Busby return to the Hideaway in Streatham with their familiar eclectic mix of folk, blues, jazz, calypso, music hall and idiocy for a Yuletide extravaganza. A festive feast of musical madness not to be missed.
Christmas 2011. In the City. An office party is under way. The lewd, the gross and the ugly all on view, tipsy staff, humiliating games. Haven’t we seen this before a few times?
London Grip’s poetry editor takes an optimistic view of two first collections from a new poetry press
Emma Lee follows Carolyn O’Connell through her thoughtful poetic explorations of links between past and present.
Embracing art’s ability to transcend national divisions, a young pan-European ensemble delivered Tchaikovsky at his most triumphantly Russian, as part of a vivacious and compelling beginning to its new season, known as the Hulencourt Art Project, which runs until May next year.
John Adams’ latest opera, with libretto and production by Peter Sellars, is an episodic and experimental take on elements of the New Testament which mixes texts from radical liberation theology to parts of the King James’ Bible.
After reading his New & Selected Poems, David Cooke admires the way that David Scott avoids tricks and consistently plays to his strengths