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Blog entries on '08 June 2006'

Thursday 08 June 2006

Flores-Bórquez on Hill

Melissa Flores-Bórquez has a rather jerky, but nonetheless decent review of Geoffrey Hill's Without Title over on the poetry blogzine Intercapillary Space.

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Thursday 08 June 2006

The Menard Press

As I have just mentioned Anthony Rudolf's Menard Press (with reference to Geoffrey Squires and his XXI Poems), I should say a little more about this fab little publisher.

Menard have recently released WG Shepherd's Mother's Milk (a very decent collection that I'll review here soon enough). I was very kindly invited to the book's launch but, sadly, this had to be cancelled because the author is unwell (get better soon Bill!) The invite, however, brought Menard Press to my attention and made me take a look at their titles. I was particularly interested to see Anthony Rudolf's own Engraved in Flesh: Piotr Rawicz and his Novel Blood from the Sky. Piotr Rawicz is an almost entirely forgotten figure (although this novel, Blood from the Sky was republished a couple of years back by Elliott & Thompson) and I wanted to know more. Very happily, Anthony is allowing me to reprint his fine Afterword to Blood from the Sky here on RSB. So, very soon, you'll all know who Piotr Rawicz is!

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Thursday 08 June 2006

Geoffrey Squires

When I interviewed the philosopher Simon Critchley a wee while back he mentioned the poetry of Geoffrey Squires. Diligent as I am, I wrote to his publisher Wild Honey Press to get a review copy of his Untitled and Other Poems but, frustratingly, they never responded to my email. (I note today that Geoffrey's Twenty-one Poems was published by our friends at the Menard Press, but that was back in 1980, so that collection is no doubt well out of print. I'll check.) Anyway, Geoffrey has just written to let me know that a new long poem of his, Lines, has recently been published as a free downloadable ebook by Shearsman.

Update: Well, good to know, Geoffrey Squires' XXI Poems is, indeed, still in print (with the Menard Press).

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Thursday 08 June 2006

Overrated Writers Project

Levi Asher, over at LitKicks, is having fun with his Overrated Writers Project (please do Ian McEwan Levi -- if you don't, I will!) He did a nice takedown of William Vollmann yesterday (which garnered a good response -- of sorts -- from Ed Champion.) Alma Books have just published Vollmann's Europe Central here in the UK. I must admit, I baulked at the idea of reading it when I saw how brick-thick it was.

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Thursday 08 June 2006

Comments problems

We seem to be having some problems with the "comments" functionality on the blog. We're working to get this fixed but, in the meantime, if you'd like to add a comment to a blog entry and you can't get it to work (it does seem to be working for some folk, so do try the traditional method first!) just email me the comment and I'll add it for you. Thanks!

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Memorial Tablet

Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.

At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there;
‘In proud and glorious memory’... that’s my due.
Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
What greater glory could a man desire?

-- Siegfried Sassoon
Collected Poems (Faber and Faber)

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