NO BLANK SPACES

‘This Glass is Cracked’

This Glass is Cracked Four red glasses. The first to generosity, The last to spirituality. The second and the third to the fourth. The glass is cracked. Made to spill onto the table, Above the table, under it, And into the streets, this glass Seldom either full or dry. Always…

‘Mercury’

Mercury I run to the end, Sun-dulled, when the sweating ebbs And home matters more than rest, And the great salt plain lacerates My vision. I outrun myself. No finishing line, no line That holds still. The garden path throbs with weeds. Tongues through cracked lips. Between half-breaths, those trees,…

Archive: A less jaded age

The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2012) Part of the Festival of the World and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, ‘The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China’ is a fascinating collection of over 350 artefacts from the tombs of Han-era (c. 210 BC…

Archive: ‘Stash All Old Things!’

Song Dong: Waste Not, Barbican, London (2012). Many profound changes have taken place on the Chinese contemporary art scene in the last two decades, as China’s society and economy have gradually opened up to the rest of the world. The record-breaking boom in demand for Chinese contemporary art in international…

Archive: Chinese Democracy?

This article was originally published in the Oxford Left Review in 2012. The last few decades have witnessed the ‘globalization’ of democracy, both in terms of the dramatic increase in the number of countries that have adopted democratic political systems, and in the deepening of our understanding of the historical…

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