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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talking of poems - I've been reading "The World's Wife" by Carol Ann Duffy - absolutely brilliant. [url=http://briancroxall.pbworks.com/w/page/8178861/The-Devil's-Wife-Spring-2009]The Devil's Wife[/url] is particularly good. I didn't click who it was until the last section - and then I had to read it again.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I can't get the hyperlink thing to work today  
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I slipped up with my (very short) review of A.C. Grayling's The God Argument recently which I inadvertently put elsewhere rather than here, so reviving this (IMHO, sadly under-used sub-forum) to record that while, as a cash-strapped struggler the same as everyone else I don't have the money to spend on books that I used to, I do still treat myself occasionally and this morning was absolutely delighted to receive, together, Atheism: A Guide for the Perplexed by Kerry Walters and The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins.

The Walters book - its title an obvious nod to the great tract by the mediaeval Jewish philosopher Maimonides, much used down the ages - is superb, and I say that having only leafed through it so far without having launched on it properly, which I intend to do this evening. Written by a philosophy professor, it's one of the most even-handed, disinterested and impartial books on the theism-atheism dialogue I've ever seen. I don't think it comes to any authorial concusion at the end: it simply lays out the arguments pro and con with all their strengths and weaknesses and leaves the reader to it. It's not a big book - fewer than 200 pages - but is so concentrated that it still manages to be incredibly thorough.

The Dawkins book, while a young adults' book pitched at a simple level, is just stunning, not only on account of its beautifully lucid text but every page which is eye-poppingly illustrated with glossy, colourful photographs and lovely drawings by Dave McKean. If a youngster showed an interest in science, this is the book that should be in their hands.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest read is one of my Christmas books: the amazingly clear, lucid and readable Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just started Adrian Plass's
"The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass volume 4; Adrian Plass and the church weekend."
Hysterical theology in bucketloads!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lexilogio wrote:
Talking of poems - I've been reading "The World's Wife" by Carol Ann Duffy - absolutely brilliant. [url=http://briancroxall.pbworks.com/w/page/8178861/The-Devil's-Wife-Spring-2009]The Devil's Wife[/url] is particularly good. I didn't click who it was until the last section - and then I had to read it again.


I saw this, and read the Poem.

Looking into it further I found it was about Myra Hindley and her life



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Duffy really gives Myra Hindley a voice in this poem, and itís pretty chilling stuff. Yes, the devil is evil, but the devilís wife; how can a woman allow herself to covet such a title?

http://danielamurphy.com/2013/04/09/carol-ann-duffy-the-devils-wife/



Very interesting!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right. It is about Myra Hindley - and that makes the poem more chilling. It really is a superb collection.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just starting the Great Mortality history of the black death by John Kelly.
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Started, The Father Of Us All war and history ancient and modern by Victor Davis Hanson.
Hanson believes and argues that war is just a fact of life and he accepts that. It's part of the human condition and all the good intentions and blah, blah blah coming from utopians will not change that fact.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been reading, with absolute joy and delight, Hoping It Might Be So: Poems 1974-2000 by Kit Wright, who strikes me not only as a superb poet with (very often) a traditionalist, formalist streak but one of the great love poets of our times. I truly and genuinely don't know the legal technicalities and ins and outs of these things but the following poems, which I reproduce in all honesty with no intention to infringe copyright, strike me as amongst the most sincere, heartfelt and beautiful of any modern poetry I've read.

Campionesque for Anna

When I lay down where I had lain with you
Some many nights, beloved, of the days
Lit by your sun, I dreamed all touch untrue,
Error my star and darkness all my ways
Till where I lie, I lie again with you.

Till where I go, I go again with you
Through all the days, beloved, and the nights
By your sweet self illumined, I can do
Not one good thing: not till your beauty lights
Me where I go, and go again with you.


From Cheshire
(for Anna)


Come home safe: I think of you driving
    Over the Runcorn Bridge in our senile car,
Its toothless ratchets, arthritic pistons conniving
    To take me away from wherever you are,

Its steering like that old prostitute working a living
    On Huskisson Street outside our door:
Its raggedy brake shoes thin as the wind, giving
    Nothing but ice to your foot on the floor.

Please come home: I think of you leaving
    For ever, coming from Cheshire, only the snow
And the night and the endless black road, no retrieving
    Of you: without me, wherever I go.


Letter to Anna, Pregnant

When I consider
By the frozen river
How we two shall never
Down some of these days
Meet in loving
Upon the ungrieving
Bank in forgiving
New-made rays.

Of April sunlight
When touch is leaf-light
And love is outright
And darkness done,
Then I remember
Times without number
The cold I shouldered
To block your sun.

And I apportion,
By this sad station
Where ice to the ocean
Flows downstream,
All blame attendant
To your correspondent,
Sorrow his tenant,
Drowned that dream.

The hawthorn crouches
In the black windís clutches
And snags and scratches
The last of light
That is dying over
The winter river
That sails forever
On out of sight.

Iím sorry, darling,
I hope the unfurling
Bud in your sailing
Body may
Beyond shores woeful
Wake you joyful,
Wake you joyful
Some sweet day.
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