The Firecrests: a poem by Robert Selby

17 June 2017 // Poetry

I The hazel is ablaze with catkins. The elms nod their heads in a blue realm. Below, daffodils kiss down the knoll to the kissing gate, the brown field beyond exact, freshly tidied by plough. You are standing in it, your face turned up to the new sun, the tartan scarf – Clan Barclay? The […]

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Shadows on the Barley: a poem by Robert Selby

3 June 2017 // Poetry

When our train goes over the river sending all the bridge bats aquiver into the pink evening; when the poplar’s shadow on the barley is not wanting for company and the castle turret is gleaming, it’s time for that part of the day, a few hours at least, that we can say are ours.

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A Herring Famine

3 February 2017 // Poetry

A Herring Famine by Adam O’Riordan (Chatto & Windus, paperback, 80 pages. Out now and available here) Review by Robert Selby Many of the poems in Adam O’Riordan’s impressive debut collection, In the Flesh (2009), were inspired by, or focused upon, an image – a sepia photograph, a postcard’s beach scene, satellite imagery – and […]

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The Scores

16 October 2016 // Magazines //Poetry

Review by Robert Selby It’s been a good couple of years for poetry on the web: 2014 saw the launch of Prac Crit, an innovative thrice-yearly journal dedicated to the close reading of individual poems complemented by interviews with the poets, and which this year became the first ever online journal to publish a work […]

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Falling Awake

3 October 2016 // Poetry

Falling Awake by Alice Oswald (Cape Poetry, paperback, 81 pages. Out now.) Review by Robert Selby “The all-night rain puts out summer like a torch,” wrote Edward Thomas, after lying awake in his Steep cottage one night in August or September 1911. The prose passage inspired by this sleepless night fed Thomas’s poem ‘Rain’, written […]

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