Letters from Wade's Inferno

Letters from Wade's Inferno
The writing life in all its agony and ecstasy.
Created 21 Aug 2021
  • Landfalling
    20 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Image: Bulloch Harbour, Dublin, by Lisa Fecker (via Unsplash). The mid-section of Rapids, my upcoming poetry collection (due out in the new year), is entitled ‘Sea Batteries’ was a loose collection of...
  • Home Comforts
    15 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    Image: Michael Geiger (via Unsplash) My wife’s copies of Vogue And Glamour will be collector’s items Someday, each going for an arm And a leg. Or so she tells me. Right now they’re just piled up, Abje...
  • Veduta: Ship-Swarm
    11 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    Image: Canaletto: The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day, c1733-4 (oil on canvas). Veduta: Ship-Swarm* Canaletto outruns, outshines the bronze horse: A swarm of ships drift in from the lagoon’s poll...
  • Remembering Philip Levine
    01 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Image: Philip Levine, circa 1999 (credit to Chris Felver/Getty Images). The former American Poet Laureate Philip Levine (1928-2015) was, and is, a towering figure for me, from my college years onwards...
  • A (belated) Update
    24 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Apologies for the recent silence, friends. I’ve been quite preoccupied with several pressing issues over the last several weeks, with the result being that this newsletter was left dormant. First: an ...
  • Running With The Wolves*
    22 Sep 2021 • 15 min read
    Image credit: Bekka Bjorke (https://www.thebekkaffect.com/about-1) ‘Pray you, no more of this, ’tis like the howling of Irish wolves against the moon'. Shakespeare, ‘As You Like It’, V.II. *A shorter ...
  • Gallóglaich
    13 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Image: Albrecht Dürer’s watercolour of ‘Irish soldiers and peasants’ (1521). (Kuperferstichkabinett Staatliche Museen, zu Berlin) Gallóglaich* Wealth of wayfaring, my mud-smeared halberd slashes off n...
  • Charles Baudelaire at 200 (Ici C'est Paris)
    05 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Image: Firefighters stand at an entrance and look at the fire damage inside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, L Monde, Monday April 15, 2019. He's been called the father of modernism, the laureate of...
  • Man's Gotta Eat
    30 Aug 2021 • 10 min read
    Image: Sergey Zolkin via Unsplash The ancient war between obsession and responsibility will never finish… - Derek Walcott, ‘Sea Grapes’. It is astonishing how many young people of both sexes, when ask...
  • The writing life in all its agony and ecstasy.
    21 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    So, to kick this off, I thought I’d share a roundup from this past year to give you an idea of what my work is about. It’s been a difficult year, with Covid having atomised daily existence, but, at le...
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