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Robert Potts

Robert Potts is managing editor of the TLS.

J.H. Prynne

Robert Potts, 1 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...

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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