29 August 2013
Show More Poet and Critic: The Letters of Ted Hughes and Keith Sagar edited by Keith Sagar.
British Library, 340 pp., £25, May 2013, 978 0 7123 5862 0Show More
Ted and I: A Brother’s Memoir by Gerald Hughes.
Robson, 240 pp., £16.99, October 2012, 978 1 84954 389 7Show More
“... on the life he led as a farmer, cast daily in ‘rough lines’. The texts (what would you call them?) are full of that ‘primitive pre-creation atmosphere’ that he admired in the Serbian poet VaskoPopa, and they are among the best things he did, full of a watchful, unsentimental care. Best of all, perhaps, is ‘Ravens’, in which Hughes and his child companion come across a stillborn lamb in ...”