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Loathed by Huysmans

Julian Barnes

Too early or too late?

David Runciman

Short Cuts: Five Victorian Marriages

Tom Crewe

Society as a Broadband Network

William Davies

Fifteen days from now

Thomas Jones

In 1348

James Meek

The Yorkists

John Guy

At the Movies: Pasolini’s ‘Teorema’

Michael Wood

Whitehall Spookery

Neal Ascherson

Poem: ‘The Bannisters’

Paul Muldoon

Clarice Lispector

Rivka Galchen

Marius Petipa

Simon Morrison

At the Foundling Museum: ‘Portraying Pregnancy’

Joanne O’Leary

Gordon v. O’Connor

Rupert Thomson


Joe Dunthorne

Poem: ‘The Reach of the Sea’

Maureen N. McLane

Diary: Where water used to be

Rosa Lyster

Two PoemsPeter Porter

About Auden’s Juvenilia

He knew he would be great
  And told his tutor so
But lots of second-rate
  Ramshackle lines ‘to go’
Like pizzas on a plate
  He ordered up: we know
His Hardy phase, his Yeats.

But as we sort out from
  The country metaphors
(That almanac birdsong,
  Those Edward Thomas spores)
The few bits which belong
  To his mature scores,
We smell death on the Somme.

He didn’t write of war
  But just like Isherwood
Saw straight sex as the flaw
  Which cost a decade’s blood –
His poems should restore
  A world before the flood,
The cooked renew the raw.

Watch This Space

In galaxy M87
matter is disappearing endlessly
at unimaginable velocity
producing a density which
on earth would shrink the planet
to the size of one small marble.

All the mind can do
to speculate on this
is guess that far beyond
but still within itself
a matching universe is set
to disappear by rote.

Since space is unconfined
a lesser Science rules
whatever’s mensural,
and gods come out like stars,
unknown but understood,
to mask infinity.

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