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ETHER / Gang of Four

https://genius.com/Gang-of-four-ether-lyrics * As an Irish, mostly political poet, I’d like to pay homage to an English work of art that has had a powerful  influence on my own artistic and political sensibility. * It is the opening track of an … Continue reading

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THE DEATH WARRANT OF KYD AND MARLOWE

Since words nor threates nor any other thinge     canne make you to avoyd this certaine ill Weele cutte your throtes, in your temples praying     Not paris massacre so much blood did spill.. Fly, Flye, & never returne. per. Tamberlaine   … Continue reading

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MARLOWE’S HEART OF DARKNESS

‘Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight And burned is Apollo’s laurel bough’ – Dr Faustus   The death of Christopher Marlowe is one of the most fascinating if disturbing stories in the history of English literature, … Continue reading

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HARRY FAINLIGHT: Poète Maudit

  Harry Fainlight was an unclassifiable poet who came to prominence in the Anglo-American counterculture of the 1960s but later became a casualty of the reactionary British culture of the 1970s. That he was a lyric poet with an original … Continue reading

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SHAKESPEARE’S NEIGHBOUR FROM HELL

Let us suppose – as Geoffrey Marsh does  in his TLS article of April 19 – that Shakespeare moved into the parish of St Helen’s Bishopsgate before 1594; and that he was staying in property owned by the Leathersellers Hall.  It … Continue reading

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THE ASHES OF GRAMSCI

The Ashes of Gramsci is a poem – and early book – by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The book was published in 1957 when the poet was  35.  The poem was written in 1954 and caused a furore in Italian literary … Continue reading

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TAQASIM OUD CLUB MON 19 NOV

The wonderful Taqasim Oud Club have invited me to be guest poet at their final event in 2018. I shall perform two 15 minute sets with musical interludes and accompaniment at the Poetry Cafe on Monday November 19. Poems shall … Continue reading

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