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Rilke and Things Idris Parry When I first heard about Rilke, many years ago, one of the things that impressed me was the way he packed his suitcase. I read in some learned work that when he went on his travels (and he travelled a lot) he put everything in his bag as carefully as he structured his poems. I suppose I remember this because I had never thought before of the arrangement of shirts and socks as an aspect of artistic endeavour. But of course it sums him up. It was characteristic. For Rilke nothing was trivial, and order was to be found, and had to be found, in all things.

I’m going to begin by being rather daring, even impertinent. I’m going to assume ignorance: I’m going to assume you are ignorant, I mean: I assumed my own ignorance long ago. The best thing about ignorance is that it makes ... read more
60 Windows
Ian Patterson for Jenny Diski

Tiny room whose window was never opened
Curtain for the window
On the cane chair under the window


Pale green even in the window
Emptying the basin out of the window
Halts by the window and gazes


Lay on the ground under the window
Kneeling up to the window
An octagonal vaulted chamber with a balconied window
... read more
Ekphrastic Vistas: Poetry and the Portrait
On Likenesses, by Judith Aronson
Rachael Boast In February 2014 the Bristol Poetry Institute set up a poetry competition in collaboration with the Royal West of England Academy. This was the first collaboration of its kind and the occasion was the opening of Likenesses, an exhibition of photographic portraits by Judith Aronson, former photographer for the Sunday Telegraph, whose work is held in many private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery in London. The exhibition, which ran from 8 February to 20 March, gave rise to a number of related events, including a poetry masterclass on the theme of ekphrasis (works of art that transform one art form into another), a public talk by Aronson in the gallery, and an evening of readings of poems or prose extracts from the authors who featured in Aronson’s exhibition, read by University of Bristol staff and students to a full house in the RWA’s Cube ... read more
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Sylvia Townsend Warner in Conversation Val Warner This interview with Sylvia Townsend Warner was conducted in 1975 by Val Warner and Michael Schmidt and is published for the first time here. The questions were spoken off-microphone and in some cases have had to be inferred from the replies, hence an apparent terseness on the part of the interviewers. Sylvia Townsend Warner speaks first:

I am what is that odd thing, a musicologist. I've done a lot of work on church music. I was one of the editorial committee on Tudor Church Music, which was financed, much to our surprise, by the Carnegie U.K. Trust.

Have you written music as well?

I have composed music; it's not at all good. I play the piano, and I tried to play the viola because I liked the noise. But nobody liked the noise that I ... read more
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