This is a poem about duality so in this sense the title actually refers to what the poem is ‘about’. John Shoptaw notes, for example, the phonic mirroring of the poem which he sees as an element later phased out as is the “linear introversion” to be found here. Thus we have the following phonic recurrences: “we see us as we”; “Destiny...destiny”; “News...noise”; “...hair/Air”; “-y” and rhymes of section 2; and “...old man/...paint cans”.
This simple but subtle semiotic device is then developed structurally as well, as the title hints. So ‘scene’ 2 reflects back internally onto ‘scene’ 1. “Machinery” recalls the train as does the canal; g…
· Shoptaw notes that this return to poetry is dominated by images of waiting, that narrative (especially fairy-tale) returns, as do the musically based titles, there are no prose poems and no fixed forms such as sonnets of pantoums, most are free verse paragraphs, also bring forward a new American speech, more direct and inclusive.
“As One Put Drunk into a Packet-Boat”, 1-2
· Shoptaw notes this was the original title for the collection, marking a self-consciously Romantic return to poetry, recording the thoughts of “I” from afternoon to night, just outside a childhood country home. Has a pastoral crisis narrative in that a summer storm gathers but passes leaving the poet relieved i…
The 72 victims of Grenfell Tower Fire were murdered, victims of the violence of neglect. Here is the proof.
A year ago, a fire started on the fourth floor of Grenfell
Tower, due to a faulty appliance. The
fire spread quickly up the side of the building because the tower had been
refurbished in 2016. Flammable cladding
had been added to the exterior building as part of an £8 million refit which
appears to have primarily made the tower more cosmetically pleasing. The money was not spent on improving fire
safety within the building, it would appear, a cause for concern for residents’
groups for years. The initial cladding that was to be used is not illegal in
the UK but its use is restricted in other countries. To save costs a cheaper version was
eventually attached to the building, a more flammable version.
Once the fire caught, residents were advised to stay in
their flats. In 99% of all cases this is
the best advice, because flats are designed to be “fire resistant boxes”