The Book Club

The Twilight Zone inspired confessions of a poet

27 min listen

In This Episode

My guest on this week’s Book Club is the poet Don Paterson — whose new book Zonal finds him accessing a new, confessional mode, a longer line and a childhood interest in the spooky TV show The Twilight Zone. Don talks about the relationship between poetry and jazz, the split between ‘page poetry’ and spoken-word material, the shortcomings of Rupi Kaur, whether poems should include ‘spoiler alerts’, and lifts the lid on his vicious feud with the man he calls ‘Alan Jacket’.


A blooming good offer

Join the conversation with other Spectator readers by getting the next 3 months for £3.

Already a subscriber? Log in