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Fools

P.N. Furbank

15 October 1981
Ford Madox Ford: Prose and Politics 
by Robert Green.
Cambridge, 218 pp., £16.50, July 1981, 9780521236102
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... Carlos Williams’s ‘To Ford Madox Ford in Heaven’. And you may say that his luck holds: for Robert Green is also an admirer, but his book is thoroughly sensible, unbedazzled and discriminating, the book of someone who has heard of other writers and is in no kind of ‘Special relationship’ to Ford. What he has set out to do, and it is a wise ...

Diary

Tam Dalyell: The Belgrano Affair

7 February 1985
... at Mrs Cook’s piece, and was arrested by the following passage: ‘Yet the Police told Rob Green, Miss Murrell’s nephew, that his aunt’s body was found much later, and then that it was found at 7 a.m. Rob Green took voluntary redundancy from the Navy a short time ago, having been a high-ranking Naval Intelligence ...

Shining Pink

Tam Dalyell

23 May 1985
Death of a Rose-Grower: Who killed Hilda Murrell? 
by Graham Smith.
Cecil Woolf, 96 pp., £5.95, April 1985, 0 900821 76 0
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... The chapter on the ‘Sizewell Connection’ deals with Miss Murrell’s nephew, Commander Robert Green, and his suspicion that his aunt was murdered by interests connected with the pro-nuclear lobby. I just do not believe that the Atomic Energy Authority, or Con Allday and British Nuclear Fuels, or the men around Sir Walter Marshall in the ...

Two Poems

Robert Crawford

12 November 1998
... sunny. I dream of a tabernacle of caramel and flame. When I was a child my uncle drove us in his green, rusting Austin A30, once or twice to ‘the only lake in Scotland’. We sailed over on the ferry to the central island with its ruined priory, near the other island where the Scottish kings stabled their hounds. On the way home the silent taxi driver goes ...

Levity

Robert Crawford

20 August 2014
... Gorbals Lascars and lazars, Lens-sellers, subway keelies, bibliographers Bowling on bowling greens or strolling to Bowling or high In library corridors hoisted by gaunt, spinal cranes Seen from the Green, that Champs-Elysées of peely-wally faces Hungry for liberté, égalité, fraternité In all their forms, despite ...

Green Thoughts

Brian Dillon: Gardens in Wartime

26 April 2007
Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime 
by Kenneth Helphand.
Trinity, 303 pp., $34.95, November 2006, 1 59534 021 1
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... wrote. ‘The mud is dried to a pinky colour and upon the parapet, and through sandbags even, the green grass pushes up and waves in the breeze, while clots of bright dandelions, clover, thistles and twenty other plants flourish luxuriantly, brilliant growths of bright green against the pink earth.’ At times, Helphand ...

At Tate Modern

Eleanor Birne: Sonia Delaunay

15 July 2015
... on a patterned cushion; she seems to be lying on a rug with flame-like motifs, flashes of bright green and orange that darkly mirror the shades of paint used for the body. Fabric matters already. Sonia Terk, as she then was, had clearly learned from Matisse (though she thought him ‘bourgeois’). But she was a diligent student and had learned from ...

Guide

Robert Crawford

11 March 2010
... the diarist, About the poet, Brother and sister, Husband and wife; So their plain life Stays still Green in the rain, The stress Less on fame Than on wee mundane Details: How He once failed To neatly ink His name Inside the lid Of His sole suitcase, Though He did Just Find space For that last aitch North of the rest Of wordswort And hunched in the small Window ...

Toto the Villain

Robert Tashman

9 July 1992
The Wizard of Oz 
by Salman Rushdie.
BFI, 69 pp., £5.95, May 1992, 0 85170 300 3
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... were these colour effects that, soon after seeing the film as a child, I began to dream of green-skinned witches; years afterwards, I gave these dreams to the narrator of my novel Midnight’s Children, having completely forgotten the source. “No colours except green and black the walls are ...

Three Poems

Michael Hofmann

21 July 1994
... Summer For months the heat of love has kept me marching Robert Lowell I snap my boy’s bow in the morning, wash his stiffy at night, blow my brains out with music, anything from ‘Ballade von der sexuellen Hörigkeit’ to ‘Sexual Healing’. Je te veux. The vaunted sod under my feet is rolled up like a piece of turf or a blanket in my grenadier’s knapsack, along with a toothbrush and near-pristine candle end ...

Emily Carr

Robert Crawford

28 November 2002
... Treks on finding forsaken poles Colourless toneless soaked in grey paint Waterbarrels scummy with greenish slime Jam kettles rusted in rain Breathing mosquitoes head in a sack With a hole for a panel of glass Two pairs of gloves canvas pantalettes Loose to the soles of her shoes She sketches obliterated ravens Inspired and hurrying against the clock ...

Queen to King Four

Robert Taubman

19 June 1980
The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five 
by Doris Lessing.
Cape, 245 pp., £5.95, May 1980, 9780224017909
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No Country For Young Men 
by Julia O’Faolain.
Allen Lane, 368 pp., £5.95, May 1980, 0 7139 1308 8
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The Girl Green as Elderflower 
by Randolph Stow.
Secker, 150 pp., £5.50, May 1980, 9780436497315
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The Sending 
by Geoffrey Household.
Joseph, 192 pp., £5.95, March 1980, 0 7181 1872 3
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... artfully enacting its theme. Two novels about witchcraft carry credentials. The Girl Green as Elderflower is based on medieval sources, which are printed at the end (one of them has evidently already served as the origin of Herbert Read’s The Green Child). The Sending is learned about shamans and the ...

Cardinal’s Hat

Robert Blake

23 January 1986
Cardinal Manning: A Biography 
by Robert Gray.
Weidenfeld, 366 pp., £16.95, August 1985, 0 297 78674 1
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... vast crowds lined the streets on the way from Brompton Oratory to the cemetery at Kensal Green. ‘Their reaction,’ writes Mr Gray, ‘constituted perhaps the most striking, certainly the most spontaneous, demonstration of mass emotion that occurred in the capital during the Late Victorian period.’ Manning’s high repute was shattered by his ...

Broken Nights

Michael Hofmann

3 April 2003
... Then morning comes, saying: ‘This was a night.’ Robert Lowell Broken knights. – No, not like that. Well, no matter. Something agreeably Tennysonian (is there Any other kind?) About ‘broken knights’. Sir Bors and Sir Bedivere. In my one-piece pyjamas – My it doesn’t matter suit, With necessarily non-matching – Matchless, makeless, makeles – Added top, I pad Downstairs to look At the green time On the digital microwave ...

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