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Peter Howarth: ‘A Theory of 20th-Century Poetry’

5 October 2016
Poetic Artifice: A Theory of 20th-Century Poetry 
by Veronica Forrest-Thomson, edited by Gareth Farmer.
Shearsman, 238 pp., £16.95, April 2016, 978 1 84861 445 1
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... bottom perched – very hesitantly – on the disconnected image-complex … As Francis Ponge puts it, ‘le seul moyen d’agir est le moyen que j’ai choisi: d’écrire.’In his introduction GarethFarmer points out that what Ponge actually wrote was ‘le seul moyen d’agir et non d’être agi’: writing is the only way to act and not be acted upon. Drawing attention to the precariousness ...

In Fiery Letters

Mark Ford: F.T. Prince

8 February 2018
Reading F.T. Prince 
by Will May.
Liverpool, 256 pp., £75, December 2016, 978 1 78138 333 9
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... centenary of his birth in 2012, and many of them quote fascinating material culled from this archive. His poetry is approached from all sorts of angles: we get Derek Attridge on his use of syllabics, GarethFarmer and Michael Molan on the Italian and Miltonic elements in his verse, Natalie Pollard on his responses to sculpture, Adam Piette on his use of the dramatic monologue. Peter Robinson and Todd ...

Auld Lang Syne

Graham Hough

1 December 1983
Sebastian or Ruling Passions 
by Lawrence Durrell.
Faber, 202 pp., £7.95, October 1983, 0 571 13445 9
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Woman Beware Woman 
by Emma Tennant.
Cape, 176 pp., £7.95, November 1983, 0 224 02164 8
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Queen of Stones 
by Emma Tennant.
Picador, 159 pp., £2.50, September 1983, 0 330 28074 0
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Blue Rise 
by Rebecca Hill.
Joseph, 296 pp., £8.95, October 1983, 0 7181 2372 7
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Here to get my baby out of jail 
by Louise Shivers.
Collins, 141 pp., £6.95, October 1983
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... is the residence of Hugo Pierce, the celebrated novelist. But Hugo has just been found dead in the neighbouring woods, and Minnie is needed to stand by and help Moura his widow. There are two sons, Gareth and Philip, both gone to America. Years ago Minnie was engaged, or thought she was engaged, to Philip: but it came to nothing and her life has been empty ever since. So Minnie comes to a house dense ...
27 May 1993
Annie Besant: A Biography 
by Anne Taylor.
Oxford, 383 pp., £25, April 1992, 0 19 211796 3
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... After a sharp attack on their credentials in the United States, the leaders of Theosophy, Madame Blavatsky and Henry Olcott, set off for India in 1879. They were an odd pair. Olcott was a former farmer and colonel in the Civil War, with connections in intelligence circles. His main quality was said to have been that of preserving boyish enthusiasms into old age. So strange was Blavatsky’s dress ...

The Framing of al-Megrahi

Gareth​ Peirce: The Death of Justice

24 September 2009
... to have had a hole cut in its side after the explosion, while the clothes in the suitcase were shown on subsequent analysis to bear no trace of explosives. A second suitcase, opened by a Scottish farmer, contained packets of white powder which a local police officer told him was undoubtedly heroin; no heroin was ever recorded as having been discovered. All but two of the labels that Dr Fieldhouse ...

NHS SOS

James Meek

5 April 2018
... father lost his job and she chose to help her mother by bringing a wage into the house. She became an assistant manager in a department store. On midsummer’s night in 1955 a tall, broad-shouldered farmer 17 years her senior, John Warren, took her to the stock car racing, and a year later, when Wendy was 21, they got married. John Warren rented 175 acres from the local squire in Dunton Bassett, a ...

In the Streets of Londonistan

John Upton: Terror, Muslims and the Met

22 January 2004
... a climate of greater openness generated by the intelligence and security agencies themselves.’ On the contrary, I’d say: the Branch’s stonewalling of my inquiries was surpassed only by that of Gareth Peirce, the defence solicitor for several terrorist suspects. The report’s underlying message is that, to a large extent, Special Branch is already a national police force. ‘The Metropolitan ...

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