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Prize Poems

Donald Davie, 1 July 1982

Arvon Foundation Poetry Competion: 1980 Anthology 
by Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney.
Kilnhurst Publishing Company, 173 pp., £3, April 1982, 9780950807805
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Burn this 
by Tom Disch.
Hutchinson, 63 pp., £7.50, April 1982, 0 09 146960 0
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... fake Hobbemas on the wall, and passionate Ping-pong matches with death to the losers! This is Tom Disch, who should know what he’s talking about since he writes Science Fiction and historical novels as well as poetry: From a world so circumscribed A rational heroine might well wish To escape, but all other novels are barred To her by laws of ...

My Year of Reading Lemmishly

Jonathan Lethem, 10 February 2022

... is a threat to our whole field of science fiction and its free exchange of views and ideas.Thomas Disch, one of SF’s finest writers and most merciless critics, was more able to keep his cool.The fatuity and self-serving nature of Lem’s pronouncements on the field of SF are matched only by the slenderness of the reading on which they are based … Most of ...

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