Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt is Editor of PN Review. His last book of poems was A Change of Affairs.

Two Poems

Michael Schmidt, 22 November 1979

A Savage Dream

I had a savage dream of destinations: A ten-foot fence, barbed, and on the wire Bones and the rags of prisoners. I had This dream, and woke in the cool English air.

For My Father

I learn the dead wear shoes. Their beards cast a last shadow. Kissing your face, I’m troubled by the roughness As when you came to tuck me up, Brushed my cheek with yours And tip-toed out.


Lost and Found

19 June 1997

Mina Loy’s The Lost Lunar Baedeker, edited by Roger Conover, which was reviewed by Jane Eldridge Miller (LRB, 19 June), will be published in the UK by Carcanet in September. Carcanet also published Mina Loy’s collected poems, The Last Lunar Baedeker, in 1985, introducing Loy to British readers.

Dithyrambs for Athens: The difficulties of reading Pindar

Leofranc Holford-Strevens, 17 February 2005

The Theban poet Pindar (c.520-446 BC), though he wrote much else, is principally known for his magnificent odes, known as epinicians, in praise of athletic victories by aristocrats and tyrants,...

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A to Z: Schmidt’s List

Ian Hamilton, 4 March 1999

Yalden, Hammond, Stepney, Fenton (Elijah) and Hughes (John): where are you now? Ten of the 52 poets represented in Samuel Johnson’s Lives of the Poets fail to make an appearance in the

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Chiara Ridolfi

C.K. Stead, 9 October 1986

Penelope Fitzgerald’s Innocence is set in Florence, the principal characters are Italian, and I kept asking myself: how is it done? She knows quite a lot about Italian society: but more...

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We shall not be moved

John Bayley, 2 February 1984

There remains a most decided difference – indeed it grows wider every year – between what Philip Larkin calls ‘being a writer’, or ‘being a poet’, and managing...

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Penelope Fitzgerald, 21 August 1980

I don’t find that my children want to hear what things were like when I was young. Publishers, who are sometimes also parents, must find that their families don’t want to listen to...

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What became of Modernism?

C.K. Stead, 1 May 1980

What became of the Modernist movement? It was initiated by Pound and Eliot about the time of the First World War, and in America it set off a further wave of innovation (often referred to as...

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