Robert Potts

Robert Potts is managing editor of the TLS.

Smirk Host Panegyric: J.H. Prynne

Robert Potts, 2 June 2016

‘It is the fate​ of some artists,’ John Ashbery once remarked, ‘and perhaps the best ones, to pass from unacceptability to acceptance without an intervening period of appreciation.’ For a long time – more than forty years in fact – there seemed no danger that this fate would befall J.H. Prynne: take him or leave him, it didn’t seem possible that...

Cardigan Arrest: Poetry in Punglish

Robert Potts, 21 June 2007

At the end of David Dabydeen’s poem ‘Coolie Odyssey’ (1988), the poet, deracinated by education, distance and time from the dirt-poor ancestors he is elegising, considers his British audience:

congregations of the educated Sipping wine, attentive between courses – See the applause fluttering from their white hands

Like so many messy table napkins.

The poem’s...

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