Over on Twitter the other day, Matthew Stewart tweeted a picture of a poem concerning his childhood phone number, from his excellent collection The Knives of Villalejo, and wondered what numbers other folk remembered. When he tweeted the same question previously, it somehow sparked off the following poem of mine – not about our family phone number when I… Continue reading Numbers

Belinda Zhawi programme on Radio 4

I recently read and reviewed Belinda Zhawi’s rich and beautiful pamphlet Small Inheritances and so I was really pleased to hear this programme which she made for BBC Radio 4. It’s available for a year, so worth a couple of listens, I think, since it contains a wealth of treasure in its 27 minutes.

On Sarah Maguire’s Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk was one of several books, also including Susan Wicks’s Singing Underwater and Thom Gunn’s Collected, which, after a few years’ absence, coaxed me back into writing poetry in the late 1990s. I remember reading it by a pool c.1998 and thinking it was the ideal holiday poetry collection, because it’s suffused with what became Sarah Maguire’s… Continue reading On Sarah Maguire’s Spilt Milk