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May 25, 2009


This whole thing has just been depressing and reflects very badly on Oxford and on poetry.

Katy Evans-Bush wrote an excellent piece in the Guardian about it (this is prior to Padel's stepping down). Here's the link -

I think Clive James would make a wonderful replacement...the finest poet of his generation, the first TV critic to bravely take on the difficult task of lampooning Japanese reality shows - and he's been in "Poetry" a number of times - so he must be good...

Plus he's getting on a bit, so the tottie-chasing probably wouldn't be an issue...

I sense an Unseen Presence here, and Unseen Hand ...

Eh, wot?

I agree that the whole spectacle is sniff sniff veddy veddy in the tongue-in-jowl English manner. Hypocrisy, thy dwelling place is Brittania. Enough said. But your correspondent, so otherwise assiduous, failed to note. And the question of what he failed to note is the substance of an entire novel as gilt-edged as the fault in the golden bowl.

Oh dear. This is undoing all my work when I was guest blogging here! England is NOT like an episode of Inspector Morse. All normal people think this whole escapade has been bizarre.

There will always be an England!

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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