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Issue 257 January/February - published
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The Bureaucratic Sublime On the Secret Joys of Contemporary Poetry Alex Wylie Since the untimely death of David Graeber, a year ago at the time of writing, I have been looking once more through his catalogue of work: a catalogue, leaving the many articles and essays aside, which includes such brilliant, mind-altering books as Debt: The First Five Thousand Years; Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (a real life-ring, this one was, when I first read it in 2018); and, perhaps my favourite, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. These are all books that, if not necessarily that cliché of ‘changing my life’, I think made my life seem more valid: they suggested that, perhaps, I wasn’t completely losing my grip, and was not as isolated as I felt. In the more circumspect mood in which I re-read his work after his death, The Utopia of Rules, with its account of the bureaucratic as cultural-political paradigm, seemed even more urgent and timely beyond its personal appeal to me; and it has prompted me to consider its connections to the poetry of this current, ... read more
On Not Listening Quietly
Vahni Capildeo ‘Terrific, terrific, terrific,’ the tall lady with perfectly maintained blonde hair and a far from new, exquisitely tailored navy blazer roared. She was sitting in front of me at one of those curious events that gather poets and non-poets, sometimes the royal, or the very rich. Beginning as quiet as a wax museum figure, upright and polite, she had proceeded to liven up to real interest in the poetry being performed. You could see the rigid lines of her silhouette soften. Her breathing changed with her listening. She subsided a little in her seat. She paused. She seemed unsure how to show appreciation. Then she fell back on her accustomed vocabulary. ‘Terrific.’

Up to that point, less enthralled by the poetry, I had entertained myself by admiring the stitching on her clothes. Too much a craftsperson, I had dropped attention from the thin texts being ... read more
Anthony Barnett at Eighty (compiled by Caroline Clark) There is a story to tell, a tell-tale
Caroline Clark Anthony Barnett and I have been friends for almost eight years – since I moved back to my hometown of Lewes, where he has been living for some forty years. I wonder whether our paths would ever have crossed if it hadn’t been for an email from David Caddy asking whether I knew about a new journal called Snow lit rev issuing from this town. I immediately wrote to Anthony telling him about myself, in part how I had a special interest in Celan and Mandelstam, not knowing he had translated poems of theirs. Within twenty-four hours he had brought to my house on Mount Place, from his place on Mount Street, copies of his 300-plus page volume of translations and 600-plus page volume of poetry and the first issue of Snow lit rev.

I was peculiarly prepared for our first meeting a few days later: I had avoided ... read more
Selected from the Archive...
Conjurors Julian Orde Abercrombie
This crusty July, blackfly
        And other small, moist flies -
               Whiskers so thin
               They are not felt on skin -
Liking a dry July
        Interrupted the performance
        Of the opening of some flowers.

Nasturtiums' circus balance
        Of little heads and great wheels
               Went heeling sideways
               Under the puny flies'
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