Just a quick roundup of links, as lots to report this week.
First up, I’m pleased to announce I’m going to be one of the core tutors, along with Roddy Lumsden, on the new Poetry School/University of Newcastle Poetry MA. It will be part-time, based in London, and include a summer school.
This week also brought the new Rialto through my letterbox – it’s a terrific issue, and I’m interviewed in it by assistant editor Holly Hopkins under the title ‘A Poet Getting On With It’!
I was also pleased to read this review of Ovid’s Heroines in The Manhattan Review. Don’t think I’ve ever featured in a US magazine before…
My blog for the Poetry School about Sylvia Plath’s Ariel has also just gone up, focusing on it’s intriguing publication history, called ‘Viciousness in the Kitchen: Reading Sylvia Plath’s Ariel(s)’ – a taster for the online reading course I will be starting in May.
It touches on the issue: what do we have the right to write about? A very topical question this week as controversy has been swirling around poet Kenneth Goldsmith reading out the autopsy report of Michael Brown, and whether, as Amy King suggests: ‘the selection and manipulation of Brown’s body, the reordering and rewording of descriptions of Brown’s body […] allows Goldsmith to symbolically assert authority over Brown, much in the same way white supremacy has historically “animalized” black and brown bodies in order to claim dominion over them and establish positions of power.’ I’d recommend the whole article, which raises interesting, complicated questions to which there are no easy answers, such as: how can white writers acknowledge racism in their poetry without risking complicity? (Thanks to Rebecca Tamás for sharing).
Next: Ovid hits York’s literary festival on on Monday and we’ve sold out. I’d better get on with practising…