* This issue of London Grip features new poems by: *Richard Loranger *Stephen Bone *Phil Kirby *Wendy French *Danielle Hope *Harvey O’Leary *Bruce Christianson *Elizabeth Smither *Jayne Stanton *Matthew Gavin Frank *Ann Douglas *Martin Malone *Emily Strauss *Allison McVety *Ann Vaughan-Williams *Richie McCaffery
Ruth Valentine examines collections by Barbara Marsh, Nadine Brummer & Wendy Pratt and considers how they deal poetically with death and dying.
Matisse’s Startling Late Works: The Cut-Outs. Tate Modern, 17 April – 7 September 2014 No wonder Henri Matisse is well loved. His works are sensuous, jubilant, gorgeous: they envelop and immerse the viewer in voluptuousness, in light that finds itself materialised as coloured form, coloured space.
The Future-Past: Competing Temporalities of the Ruin. Ruin Lust, Tate Britain, 4 March – 18 May 2014.
A fascination with ruins has not always been with us. It presumes, for one, a linear notion of time, in other words the idea that the past is irrevocably lost. It is also born of a forensic – or archaeological – interest in history, one that sees in broken remains the traces of past acts and endeavours.
Merryn Williams is thankful that many poets remain unconvinced about the necessity of war and find compelling ways to say so in this new anthology
* This issue of London Grip New Poetry features poems by: *Teoti Jardine *Carol DeVaughn *Michael Lee Johnson *John Snelling *Robert Nisbet *Louise Warren *Jennie Christian *Ricky Garni *Kate Foley *Christopher Mulrooney *Ian C Smith *Shanta Acharya *Jennifer Johnson *Ruth Bidgood *Robert Chandler
One of the more unlikely joys of Brussels life is the rotating EU presidency. Every six months, a different member of the 28-strong European Union takes on the task of presiding over policy-making. For the citizens of Brussels, it’s a chance for a cultural mini break without the expense and inconvenience of braving the airport.
Thomas Ovans is very grateful to Paul McLoughlin and Shoestring Press for republishing some of the best work of the poet Brian Jones.
Chris Beckett is enthusiastic about poetry’s potential for exploring and explaining family history and cultural roots – and finds examples in recent collections by Nancy Mattson and Anne Ryland
Norbert Hirschhorn finds a strong and distinctive voice and character running through the new collection by Jackie Wills.
In Brussels, art nouveau found its most complete expression in the architecture of Victor Horta. Now the Brussels’ Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts has devoted a huge new “Fin-de-Siecle” section, a museum in itself, to the artistic context in which he thrived.
I first came across the work of Delhi born artist Dayanita Singh in an exhibition and book, Myself Mona Ahmed (2001), a photo-essay about an aging eunuch transsexual (hijra) living in a graveyard in Old Delhi. In this extraordinary body of work – the book contains various different kinds of text alongside the photographs) – one sensed not only compassion, but a collaboration between the person in front of the camera, and the one looking through the lens.