Ginsberg and the Beats Highlight from issue 35 American Zen: a personal appreciation by writer Acarasiddhi (Tony Press) who grew up in 1950s California.
The passing of poet and educationalist Peter Abbs Ratnagarbha remembers a writer of vision who was a friend of the magazine and sadly passed away at the age of 78 in December of 2020.
I don’t normally share newspaper items, but on the eve of the final chapter of Brexit I found this post about T. S. Eliot poignant… T. S Eliot in The Guardian
The Iliad on urthona literature pages
What would that great poet of political engagement in the twentieth century have made of the current state of the world? Would it have brought out the ambivalently committed English socialist of the earlier years, or the Christian humanitarian Auden of maturity? Would he have understood that modern right wing populism is not quite theContinue reading “Auden for now?”
Optic Nerve is a Blakean project based in South London. Largely self-funded they are producing fascinating videos about poetry and contemporary music. Especially the black mountain poets and the Objectivist poets of 20th century America. And from Britain material on Elaine Feinstein – her ‘Song of Power’. I also highly recommend the interview with ‘theContinue reading “Black Mountain Blues”
‘Unction and Slaughter’ Faith and Doubt in the poetry of Geoffrey Hill by Ratnagarbha (Ambrose Gilson) READ FULL POST
THE GATE IS OPEN Adriana Díaz-Enciso explores the inspiring but troubled sojourn of Blake and his wife in a cottage by the sea on the South Coast at Felpham THE GATE IS OPEN
Geoffrey Hill’s valedictory lecture as Oxford Professor of Poetry is powerful final plea to maintain standards in literature. His hectoring, pungently oratorical style has to be heard to be believed. He is irreplaceable. Listen to it here: Oxford lecture
Francesco Petrarca (July 20, 1304 – July 19, 1374), commonly written in English as Petrarch, was one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch’s rediscovery of Cicero‘s letters is often credited with initiating the 14th-century Renaissance. His love sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. They were all written to expressContinue reading “Petrarch, Sonnets in translation”