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My poem 'Home from Greece' was published on The London Magazine's website on 23 May. 'Chevening', from my sequence of the same name, is forthcoming in the magazine's Aug/Sept issue.

The poem 'The Big Guns' from my 'East of Ipswich' sequence is forthcoming in The Spectator. Four poems from the sequence ('In God's Prevenient Grace', 'Elysium', 'Tournai' and 'Wilf') were published in Ambit 221, Summer 2015.

My poem 'Scotland 12 Ireland 8' was published in Oxford Poetry XVI.i, Winter 2015/16.

'Matilda Tennyson Recalls Encountering Arthur Hallam's Ghost' was published in the November 2015 issue of the Tennyson Research Bulletin, and 'The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders' in The Next Review Vol. 3, No. 4, Feb/March 2016.


My review of Andrew McMillan's Physical appeared in the TLS, No. 5880, December 11 2015. My review of Philip Gross's Love Songs of Carbon is forthcoming in the same newspaper.


My review of AWOL by John Fuller and Andrew Wynn Owen appeared in The Next Review, Vol. 3, No. 4, February/March 2016. My review of Jamie McKendrick's Selected Poems is forthcoming in the same magazine.


A profile I wrote of James Brookes for Wild Court is online here; my report on Wild Court's launch event is online at Booksmoke here. My review of Bernard O'Donoghue's Seasons of Cullen Church is forthcoming on the Wild Court website. Finally, my Ambit review of Andrew Motion's Peace Talks is online here.

Mick Imlah: Selected Prose, edited by me and André Naffis-Sahely and published by Peter Lang, was launched on 22 September at University College London.

The volume has thus far been reviewed by the Times Literary Supplement (No. 5890, February 19 2016), the Scottish Review of Books, Ambit, by Bernard O'Donoghue in Oxford Poetry (XV.III, Summer 2015), by Seamus Perry in the Tennyson Research Bulletin (Vol. 10, No. 4, November 2015), and The Next Review (Vol. 3, No. 1).

A piece André and I wrote about Imlah and the book is up on the Faber & Faber website, and extracts of the book are available on the Scottish Poetry Library and Wild Court websites.


A podcast of me discussing the book with The Next Review's editor, Patrick Davidson Roberts, is available here. The Selected Prose was LRB Bookshop Book of the Day on 2 October.



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[2016-06-06]
Days of Roses

The anthology, featuring five of my poems and the poems of others from the regular reading event, is now available to buy.

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This poem appeared in the Times Literary Supplement
No.5495, July 25 2008, and the anthology
Days of Roses
(2011)


How easily people forget things,
The winter wood displays.
Hanging in tangles limp from brambles
Are scarves that were gifts on Christmas day,
And gloves adorn waymarkers and fences
Like cairns, or the butcher-bird’s prey.
Now and then, a neatly folded Barbour
Or pair of hiking boots, as if a rambler,

Wishing to ramble no more, drowned himself
In the river down by the cattle byre;
Had to wait until a full day and night
Of rain, until it could swell no higher;
Thrust field guide in tweed one last time,
Hung binoculars from wind-bent brier,
And swanned in between dripping pine
Up to his deer-stalker – the only sign

A man gulped hard in there, ending things
As easily as people forget things. Frost
Stiffens body and bower just the same,
And all the walkers’ accessories lost
From their selves soften in squally rain;
Decay, forming a rag-and-bone copse
Whose knitted limbs of knotted fabric
Stand as testament to the losing habit.

[The Winter Wood]