Leoš Janácek’s absurdist opera, first performed in Brno on 6 November 1924, is a marvellous expression of Modernism. We get Freud, Darwin, Magritte and Jarry as oblique cultural references but most of all we get a Czech, or rather Moravian, sensibility which is both cartoonish and psychologically astute.
Born to a well-to-do Antwerp businessman and his aristocratic wife, Fritz Mayer was groomed to become a diplomat, but instead threw himself into collecting with a particular passion for Dutch art of the 14th-16th centuries.
This was the UK premiere for the Compagnie Marie Chouinard from Quebec. She started with Soft virtuosity, still humid, on the edge – a title that means nothing in English but perhaps has more resonance in French. Happily the work was far more exciting than the title.
Emma Lee reviews a prize-winning pamphlet by S A Leavesley
Thomas Ovans congratulates Ver Poets on their 50th birthday and on the anthology they have produced to celebrate it.
Displayed are elaborate composites, built up from paintings and photographs that eventually result in portraits at once convincingly human, alien and heartless.
Nick Cooke surveys a collection by Michael Vince which spans ancient and modern worlds
Fiona Moore applauds Cristina Viti’s fine translation of Gezim Hajdari’s poems of exile
* This issue of London Grip features new poems by: *Brian Docherty *Tracey Peterson *Bruce Christianson *Caroline Am Bergris *Jonathan Taylor *Caroline Natzler *Mary Franklin *Gareth Culshaw * Abdulrahman M Abu-yaman *Brian Johnstone *Jane Henderson *Maggie Freeman * Rosa Walling-Wefelmeyer *Oliver Comins *Teoti Jardine *Mary Michaels *Gary Beck *Racker Donnelly *Anthony Wilson *John Freeman *Bethany […]
Dangerous Liaisons: Brian Docherty pursues an unreliable narrator through the latest collection by Matthew Caley
D A Prince welcomes a new collection of William Wootten’s ‘modernist, yet traditional’ poetry
Teoti Jardine finds Harvey Molloy’s new collection both accessible and inviting