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A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney by Martin Gayford

29 October 2011
A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney Martin Gayford

Thames & Hudson, pp.248, 18.95

Like his contemporary and fellow Yorkshireman, Alan Bennett, whom he slightly resembles physically, David Hockney has been loved and admired throughout his lifetime. He painted one of his greatest works,… Read more

Undoing the folded lie

2 January 2008
A New Waste Land Michael Horowitz

New Departures, pp.pp. 464, £25 (hardback), £15 (paperback)

 by , , , ISBN When you buy this book (and buy you should for reasons that follow), try reading the notes to A New Waste Land before the poem… Read more

Bells to St Wystan

22 February 2007

This week sees the centenary of the birth in York of W. H. Auden. All over the world this season, Audenites should at 1755 hours precisely prepare a very cold,… Read more

Drive

5 October 2006

Medley of horses by the motorwayuntethered; the field surplus to transportor agriculture. At this speed the horses looklike Travellers’ horses beside a leftover woodwhere smoke rising sketches a caravan.As we… Read more

The higher slopes of Parnassus

24 August 2006
District and Circle Seamus Heaney

Faber, pp.76, 12.99

Selected Poems Derek Mahon

Penguin, pp.186, 8.99

Adaptations Derek Mahon

The Gallery Press, pp.1852354046, 8.75

The Gallery Press, Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath, Ireland, www.gallerypress.com ‘August for the people and their favourite islands,’ wrote W. H. Auden in a poem from his early Marxist phase. This… Read more

The sensuous recluse

12 March 2005
Matisse: The Master Hilary Spurling

Penguin, pp.512, 25

What in the world has happened to the culture of France? If you enter a room almost anywhere in the West when two or three of the arterati are gathered… Read more

A celebration with a warning

5 February 2005
Scenes from Comus Geoffrey Hill

Penguin, pp.66, 9.99

Geoffrey Hill publishes books in verse rather than collections of poems. This is admirable but presents a reviewer with problems. You want to recommend him more or less unconditionally as… Read more

Zimmerman bound or unbound?

4 October 2003
Dylan’s Vision of Sin Christopher Ricks

Viking, pp.512, 25

What is going on here? What on earth is going on here? Christopher Ricks, the world’s leading critic of poetry in English, Frank Kermode and the American Helen Vendler his… Read more

For the union dead

19 July 2003
Collected Poems Robert Lowell,

Faber and Faber, pp.1186, 40

‘When I die,’ Robert Lowell told me, three days before he did die, in 1977, at the age of 60, ‘Elizabeth’s shares will rise and mine will fall. But mine… Read more

Grand, ritzy and splendid

14 December 2002
HOTEL BEMELMANS Ludwig Bemelmans

Ebury, pp.302, 6.99

A consolation of being an international foot-in-the-door man in the 1970s, albeit one selling Monets and Moores, not Hoovers, was arriving from JFK at the Hotel Carlyle in Manhattan. You… Read more