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Featured Poem
A Dream of Winter Dylan Thomas Very often on winter nights the halfshaped moonlight sees
Men through a window of leaves and lashes marking gliding
Into the grave an owl-tongued childhood of birds and cold trees,

Or drowned beyond water in the sleepers’ fish-trodden churches
Watching the cry of the seas as snow flies sparkling, riding,
The ice lies down shining, the sandgrains skate on the beeches.

Often she watches through men’s midnight windows, their winter eyes,
The conjured night of the North rain in a firework flood,
The Great Bear raising the snows of his voice to burn the skies.

And men may sleep a milkwhite path through the chill, struck still waves
... read more
Why Write Fiction?
Gabriel Josipovici The immediate response to the question in my title might well be: Why not write fiction? After all, everybody seems to be doing it, and (in Britain and the US at any rate), for those lacking in confidence, more and more ‘creative writing’ courses are springing up all the time.

But a little thought is enough to make you hesitate. Though there have never been so many novels published as today, and though every other novel is hailed as a masterpiece, there is a countercurrent in our culture which suggests that fiction is essentially trivial and worthless, a pleasant way to pass the time on a beach or a railway journey, but no more; if you want to read something serious and worthwhile you should read one of the equally large number of excellent books of history, biography or popular science. And if you want to ... read more
(tr. John Naughton) The Tombs of Ravenna
Yves Bonnefoy Translator’s Preface

Widely regarded as the most important French poet of the post-war era and as one of the most significant European writers of the past sixty years, Yves Bonnefoy came to prominence in the early 1950s with the publication of his first major book of poetry, Du mouvement et de l’immobilité de Douve (1953) and with his essay Les Tombeaux de Ravenne, also published in 1953, as ‘notes d’un voyage’ by the review Lettres nouvelles, no. 3. In it, Bonnefoy gives expression to ideas and values he will pursue with astonishing consistency, and in a dazzling variety of contexts, throughout his entire career.

A great many philosophers have sought to deal with death, but I cannot think of any who have considered sepulchres. The mind that reflects upon being, but rarely upon stone, has turned ... read more
Selected from the Archive...
In Conversation with Steven Matthews Les Murray
This conversation took place in Oxford on 1 July 1998, the day of the publication in book form of Les Murray's verse novel Fredy Neptune.

STEVEN MATTHEWS: The novel is very much a parable of the first half of this century, following Fredy's life from his experiences in the First World War through the Second World War and beyond. How much do you feel that those events early in the century overshadow the latter part of it?

LES MURRAY: It's very much on our conscience that such tremendous slaughter should have been carried out. There are two major slaughters of the twentieth century which we admit and two which we still deny. The First World War is a slaughter which we admit and so is he Second World War including the holocaust. We ... read more
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