Tomorrow is National Poetry Day. I suggest you all stay at home and read Wallace Stevens.

If you do happen to venture out into the mean streets tomorrow and are anywhere near Manchester then you should know that Clarity or Death!, a new collection of poems by Geoffrey Hill-expert Jeffrey Wainwright (author of the excellent and very useful introduction to poetry Poetry: the Basics and the very fine Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill), is being launched, Thursday 9th October at 6.30pm, in Lecture Theatre 7, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University. (The event is free, introduced by our pal Michael Schmidt, but for more information please email:

Readers Comments

  1. I think that sounds like excellent advice for tomorrow. I'm in the mood for "a jovial hullabaloo among the spheres."

  2. can there be anything more sensible than reading wallace stevens? oh what a constant joy.

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