Sarah Lawson plaintively asks the question: Why Don’t People Read Benito Cereno When I Tell Them To?
Rosie Johnston is impressed by Martin Figura’s boldness in applying Catastrophe Theory to the mechanics of human relationships
Brian Docherty comments on political poems from pre-WW2 Japan by Kosuke Shirasu which have recently been republished in a bi-lingual edition by Jun Shirasu and Bruce Barnes
Thomas Ovans enthuses over a new (and overdue) collection from Donald Atkinson
Sam Shepard’s 1983 play has now become a theatre classic because of the hugely challenging roles it gives to four actors. The plot centres around the love-hate relationship between an incestuous half-brother and sister.
The newly-restored Queen’s House reopened earlier in October. The house was commissioned in 1616 by James the First for his wife Anne of Denmark and completed in the reign of Charles the First.
Sarah Lawson observes that reading Michel Faber’s collection about grief and death can expand our capacity for empathy
D A Prince finds richness of detail in a slim collection by Martyn Halsall
Graham Hardie finds that Oliver Comins’ poems about golf also have an appeal to the non-enthusiast.
Thomas Ovans investigates a Shoestring anthology edited by Merryn Williams which has received an unusual amount of attention for a poetry book.
Wendy French recognises the heartfelt experience behind a very personal poetry collection from Avril Chester
Ryan’s Return: Brian Docherty takes a thoughtful and observant stroll through Sean O’Brien’s sombre version of West London