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Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
29 Publications
OpenAIRE 3.0 (OA, funding)


  • ‘I Don’t Talk to the Police Except Never’: Anna Mendelssohn, Tom Raworth, and Anti-Confessional Life Writing

    Savage, Jordan (2018)
    This article begins with a comparative reading of work by Tom Raworth and Anna Mendelssohn. It demonstrates how both poets construct a surface of language that troubles the relationship between reader and poet through perpetual ‘turns’ which accumulate forms of coherence not reducible to linear arguments or narratives, and also asks the reader to constantly register what forces they apply in order to render meaning in, and through, this surface. In this way, both Raworth and Mendelssohn occup...

    Peter Manson’s Language Surfaces

    Betteridge, Tom (2018)
    The article analyses the conception and construction of ‘the language surface’ in Peter Manson’s poetry. It explores how Manson’s dual commitment to language’s materiality and its fundamental ambiguity effects a relation between a kind of ‘secretive’ non-communication and a kind of disclosure or, Manson’s own term, ‘candour’. In an interview with Tim Allen (2006), Manson claims that his prose work, Adjunct: An Undigest (2001), drew ‘everything that was happening to [him] up into the language ...

    Grave Police Music: On Bill Griffiths

    Roberts, Luke (2018)
    This essay takes the publication of Bill Griffiths’ Collected Poems as an opportunity to look again at his poems about prison. While sequences like Cycles and War W/Windsor have long been acknowledged as highpoints of the so-called British Poetry Revival, the broader social context of their composition has been overlooked. I link Griffiths’ work in the 1970s with mass protests in English prisons, and the activism of Preservation of the Rights of Prisoners (PROP). I suggest that the uncollecte...

    Secreting Blackness in the Poetry of D.S. Marriott

    Ramayya, Nisha (2018)
    In this article, I read D.S. Marriott’s readings of Frantz Fanon’s statement ‘I secreted a race’, in an attempt to perceive the secreting blackness of Marriott’s poetry. Secreting is understood in the senses of separation and secrecy, concealment and removal, particularly with regards to physiological processes involving bodily substances. Secreting blackness is understood as the historical, social, and psychological conditions of Marriott’s poetry: the lived experiences of race and racism; t...

    Poetry and Secrecy in Luke Roberts’ To My Contemporaries

    Grundy, David (2018)
    This article will address the relations between poetry and secrecy in two recent poems by Luke Roberts: ‘Agitprop: An Ode’ (2014), and To My Contemporaries (2015). Secrecy is shown to be not only a thematic concern, but part of the operations of their language. To My Contemporaries questions the tendency towards modes of ‘secretive’ sonic patterning found in ‘Agitprop’, as part of its resolve “to turn/my self-defences/inside out”. The poem ends with a chastened mode of beginning again, “flinc...
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