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The City of Dreadful Night

James Thomson was a Scottish-born poet, atheist and anarchist. He struggled with depression, insomnia and alcohol-abuse throughout his short life and his work frequently reflected the bleakness and despair of his life’s experiences. Thomson wrote The Doom of the City … Continue reading

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Why I Am Not a Painter

  Why I Am Not a Painter is one of my favourite Frank O’Hara poems.  He wrote it after a series of visits to his friend Michael Goldberg, the American abstract expressionist painter.  Like many have done so before and since O’Hara … Continue reading

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October Sky

October sky grey above – Sun glow claws at southern edge. Daggers of rain cold, vindictive. Leaf blown, withered. Slick wet paving mirrors sky. Grey on grey.  

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Poem No. 4

    Rooted – in nurturing soil, a growth inarticulate in its proliferation Anorexic pruning – a painful birth revealing flowers of such unexpected beauty     Image: Culloden, August 2010

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Psychogeographic Review’s Recommendations – September 2015

This past month Psychogeographic Review has been reading: Iain Sinclair – London Overground: A Day’s Walk Around the Ginger Line (2015) These days Sinclair writes like a man  aware that he is running out of time: words tumble out of … Continue reading

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Psychogeographic Review’s Recommendations – March 2015

This past month Psychogeographic Review has been reading: Liz Lefroy – ‘Mending the Ordinary’ (2014) Mending the Ordinary is Liz Lefroy’s third collection and, whilst the poems in this pamphlet demonstrate the growing depth and maturity of her work, they … Continue reading

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Psychogeographic Review’s Recommendations – February 2015

This past month Psychogeographic Review has been reading: Nan Shepherd – ‘In the Cairngorms’ (1934) Newly republished and with an introduction by Robert Macfarlane, this is the sole collection of poems by Scottish modernist writer, Nan Shepherd.  Shepherd walked in the Cairngorms whenever … Continue reading

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Stream of Consciousness

The Poem Hidden Inside One Year   To edit is to deconstruct. Put every word under the spotlight and make it account for itself There is a point where music, writing and visual art coalesce.  Perhaps this coalescence reached its … Continue reading

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Psychogeographic Review’s Recommendations – September 2014

  This past month Psychogeographic Review has been reading: Gruff Rhys – ‘American Interior’ (2014) American Interior is a book (and also a film and an album) by Gruff Rhys, the creative force behind Super Furry Animals.  The project arose … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson: Intoxicated by Life

  I taste a liquor never brewed, From tankards scooped in pearl; Not all the vats upon the Rhine Yield such an alcohol! Inebriate of air am I, And debauchee of dew, Reeling, through endless summer days, From inns of … Continue reading

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