NO BLANK SPACES

Lionel Shriver is right.

‘A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.‘ – Samuel Johnson I’ve not read any of Shriver’s books. I’ve read her articles, seen her interviewed, and sat with delicious discomfort through the film version of ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin.’ Over time I have warmed to her public persona…

Booker Review: ‘The Sellout’ by Paul Beatty

Did you ever hear about the case of Me v. The United States? The defendant, a slave-owner, was accused of subverting the U.S. Constitution by attempting to re-segregate his home city. That the Supreme Court should have heard such a case whilst America had its first black Commander-in-Chief is pretty depressing. But perhaps even more appalling…

‘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,…

First poem: untitled

So we shuffled through the door Like the raindrops on our jackets Trying hard not to be seen Lest we be seen to fail.  Inside, a headrush of music, elbows, haircuts,  Phone-glow and watch-watch,  Awaiting WC returnees. (What was his/her name again?) …Or so I think. For we were quick…

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…

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