QUOTE OF THE YEAR
'Freedom of Information reveals that 8 out of 9 positive comments on the ID cards website were written by Home Office personnel themselves.'
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
'Photoshop Handsome' by Everything Everything . . . the lines 'Airbrush! -- What have you done with my father? -- Why does he look like a carving?' have now entered Pindar family lore.
I have a piece on Henri Michaux in Poetry News – available to Poetry Society members . . .
And you can read 'my' poem 'Chain Letter' (a cento – or is it a cento?) on the PN Review website . . .
This poem appears in my debut collection Emporium.
It's out next year.
I wonder what people will make of it?
I shall keep by me at all times this quotation from Oscar Wilde's ‘The Soul of Man under Socialism’ (1891):
'In England, the arts that have escaped best are the arts in which the public take no interest. Poetry is an instance of what I mean. We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it, and consequently do not influence it. The public like to insult poets because they are individual, but once they have insulted them they leave them alone.'