Wednesday, 18 May 2011


The fiftieth Blue Bus reading last night featured Zoë Skoulding (above), down from Anglesea, and Frances Presley. I should really have photographed Peter Philpott’s three more than excellent cakes produced for the occasion. This is not, however, to detract from the reading itself. Both Skoulding and Presley appear in Harriett Tarlo’s anthology of radical landscape poetry, The Ground Aslant (indeed the title comes from one of Skoulding’s poems) and the work of both poets has a firm fix on language and place. Presley’s alphabet poems, some of which appear in the booklet above with drawings by Peterjon Skelt, balance the ancient and the modern unselfconsciously and with a deal of humour and grace. These works feel like they belong somewhere.

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