A cold spring, poetry, and time

April 22, 2015

It is, isn’t it. I’m bloomin’ freezing. But yesterday was lovely and sunny, and the books are pouring in for review. The James Merrill biography has arrived – all 3 kilos of it, I reckon – and I’ve been getting in the mood with his Collected Prose and (of course) some poems, so there’s a kind of wonderful ‘Changing Light’ […]

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Merrilly we go along

April 17, 2015

Something about American book production values… Look! Just a real pleasure, and even buying them is more exciting – you feel like spending your money is an occasion. And can I also say, it got here in three days from New York. UPS. Feels like being a somebody. And the really tragic thing is, no time to […]

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Some reading, and sonofabook

April 8, 2015

This picture from Humans of New York is speaking to me at the moment;  the caption reads: ‘When I came out of the closet, everything came out of the closet’. Here in Baroque Mansions we can only applaud his hat. I’m sitting here in a favourite café in Newington Green, with a frankly ridiculously sunny and […]

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New life

February 27, 2015

Well, the halls of Baroque have been more or less closed for the winter, and there has been black crepe hung along them for Thomas Vink-Lainas, my  much-loved uncle, who died one month and one day ago. He was an artist – a painter, a graphic designer, a maker – a furniture restorer, a framer, […]

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another holding post

February 20, 2015

Just a quick update to let the world know that Ms Baroque is still here, just. There is a lot of work on,  and there has been a recent death in the family which has knocked everybody for six. The past four weeks have been mostly a very painful confluence of those two factors. Normal service will be […]

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Busy, back soon!

January 22, 2015

Normal service will be resumed shortly, I hope! Meanwhile I am making like this doll and have been pretty much constantly typing on various things since before Christmas. Some of them are documents. And some of them are typewriters. It’s hard to believe that January is nearly over already, but  am hoping to be able […]

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We are all Charlie Hebdo

January 7, 2015

I was going to write about Pascale Petit’s poetry collection, Fauverie, today. It is a fine book. Its poems are spare and precise, and its images are startling and bright. But then the news came from Paris, and all thoughts of poetry, or anything else besides grief and rage, went out of my head. Pascale is […]

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Delayed Reaction: the Free Verse Book Fair, back in September

December 31, 2014

What follows is a post I began and never finished, back in the day when it would have been relevant. This has been very much the story or 2014, and for this reason I am publishing this post as it is. Or was. The year DID happen, even though my blogging of it was fairly […]

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