Phil Brown

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Simon Armitage's Translation of Pearl - Review

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2016 | (13:09)

"If every person in the country was buying poetry and it was available on every street corner and when you turned on BBC 1 on Saturday night, poetry probably wouldn't be doing its job."

- Simon Armitage, The Independent, 13 March 2004


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Is Beyoncé Recast as Lady Macbeth in Lemonade?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2016 | (17:01)

I don't give a damn if you used to talk to Jay-Z

He ain't with you, he with Beyonce, you need to stop actin' lazy
She Instagram herself like "Bad bitch alert"
He Instagram his watch like "Mad rich alert"

- Kanye West, Blood on the Leaves


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The Wild Gaze

(0) Comments | Posted 4 May 2016 | (22:38)

"You might not think that these two interests, capturing animals and writing poems, have much in common. But the more I think back the more sure I am that with me, the two interests have been one interest." - Ted Hughes


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Irish Poetry Prize Goes to Dashboard Confessional

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2016 | (13:30)


"In modern times, poets write parodies about love. They send themselves up. Love poetry has become a form of retaliating first."
E.A. Markham, The Guardian, 13 February 1999

I wrote last week about the American domination...

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Snapshot of the Poet in the Portrait

(0) Comments | Posted 16 April 2016 | (11:31)

Hugo by Benjamin Sullivan (c) Benjamin Sullivan
"Every so often my head appears like a buoy out of the domestic fog."

Hugo Williams, 'I Was Like'

Benjamin Sullivan's recent BP Award-nominated portrait of Hugo Williams is a powerful...

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The Two Americans Who Trumped British National Poetry Competition

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2016 | (22:47)


"We're the most important nation on the earth right now, because, one: we have thermonuclear weapons, and two: because we have more talented poets than have ever existed on the face of the earth." - Norman Dubie, Poets and Writers, November/December 2004


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The Childish Nature of Poetry

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2011 | (15:30)

"How can my mind not be frightened not only of the world, but also of itself, this child's mind which inflicts the imperfect world on itself." - C.K. Williams

This Winter's edition of The Poetry Review contains a transcript of a lecture called 'On Being Old' by the...

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Poetry Extinguished by Kindle?

(2) Comments | Posted 20 December 2011 | (16:05)

"... that's what we do, we make lines. Charles Olson, the poet, said no line must sleep, every line in a poem should be wakeful to the lines around it. And when you put a poem on a Kindle, the lines are broken in order to fit on the screen....

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Clarity of Expression and Dirty Money in Poetry

(3) Comments | Posted 15 December 2011 | (13:51)

"I think poetry is the opposite of money, but money is something we might end up talking about - and since this is England - we shall probably discuss it sideways in terms of grants and awards. If I hold up a ten pound note and a poem and I...

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