Browsing Category: poetry

  • Ian Hamilton Finlay, In Revolution Politics Become Nature (1980)

    A slogan is etched into a block of stone and the stone laid on a piece of red felt. There is something somewhat reverent about this inscription; the words carry weight and are to be handled with care. You read the title off the block. And then you read it in a different way off the …

    April 9, 2015
  • Interview: Liliane Lijn

    Liliane Lijn is such a hands-on artist that, within two minutes of arriving at her North London studio, my own pair were enlisted to help lift a Poem Machine from the floor onto a well-worn work surface. There was an issue with this kinetic, text-bearing sculpture. It creaked as it rotated, so Lijn and a …

    January 10, 2012
  • Review: Billy Childish – Unknowable But Certain

    Exhibition: Billy Childish – Unknowable But Certain, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, until May 2 2010 In a poem on the wall, we find that Billy Childish once wrote: “I am a desperate man who loves the simplicity of/painting/and hates gallarys [sic] and white walls.” Now that his recent paintings hang on the white …

    March 26, 2010
  • Bright Star tourist trail

    Here’s a piece I wrote about Keats heritage sites for Culture24, all aimed to tie in with a certain movie.

    November 15, 2009