essays and reviews
Los Angeles Review of Books
Because London is Still a Kaleidoscope: review of Mark Ford’s anthology, London: A History in Verse
The Line, by Katy Evans-Bush (pdf)
N.b., a much longer version of this essay is published in the critical anthology Stress Fractures, edited by Tom Chivers and published by Penned in the Margins
Contemporary Poetry Review
The Tawdry Halo of the Idle Martyr: MacNeice’s Autumn Journal
The Poet Realized: in conversation with Ruth Fainlight
There’s no Place Like Home: Gethsemane Day, by Dorothy Molloy
Classic Readings: a take on Joseph Brodsky
The Poem UK
Poetry International Web profiles
Writer’s Choice: On Divine Comedies, by James Merrill
A note about Horizon Review
In July 2010 I took over as editor of Salt Publishing’s online magazine Horizon Review, set up in homage to Cyril Connolly’s great ‘little magazine’ of the forties, Horizon.
My involvement with the magazine had begun with its first issue: of the four issues before I took over, I had work in every one.
I kept up the editorial policy Jane Holland had established, of publishing work that was interesting, engaged, perhaps a little offbeat. Unlike the dark days when Connolly started his magazine, we now have a plethora of journals, reviews and zines, both paper and digital, but none of them is quite like Horizon Review. Rather than aiming for ‘excellence’ (however you define it), I aimed for a refreshing, eclectic mix, and championed openness, integrity, and a sort of free range of the culture, including reviews of film, TV, and anything else of interest.
Unfortunately, Horizon Review folded in 2011. Although I had hoped it could be retained, in a reorganisation of Salt Publishing’s website in 2012 the archive was deleted.