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.
* This issue of London Grip features new poems by: *Murray Bodo *Ian House *Louise Warren *David Cooke *Benjamin Smith *Kerrin P Sharpe *Stephen Claughton *Martyn Crucefix *Sue Rose *Carol DeVaughn *Stephen Oliver *Merryn Williams *Sarah Glaz *Brian Docherty * Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya *Graham Burchell *Nancy Mattson *John Snelling *Vaughan Rapatahana *Kate Foley *Martin Burke *Robert […]
Paul McLoughlin reviews a collection set in the 1930s which recreates a lost age that was both golden and flawed.
It is always interesting to pinpoint the moment when one becomes conscious of a change of mood or orientation in contemporary artistic practices. Something has emerged that offers quite a different tonic. This ‘something’ might be termed ‘mindful matter’: it is materialism with a twist, or with a new twist.
Thomas Ovans confronts some radical views expressed in radical verse in Steve Ely’s latest collection
Leah Fritz warms to Norbert Hirschhorn’s fresh poetic treatment of Jewish traditional songs
Norbert Hirschhorn detects a Dali-esque streak in David Shook’s first collection
* This issue of London Grip New Poetry features poems by: *Rodney Wood *F.M.Brown *Rik Wilkinson *Sissy Buckles *Robert Etty *Antony Johae *Ruth Bidgood *Elizabeth Smither *Elizabeth Barrett *Sonam Chhoki *Deborah Tyler-Bennett *Shadwell Smith *Jonathan Taylor *Bruce Christianson *Robert Peake *Robert Nisbet *Pam Job