Some Flowers Soon

Jeremy Noel-Tod
New poetry books, essays on poetry in the world
Created 18 Sep 2021
  • Get Back (1817)
    17 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    Some Flowers Soon is taking a Christmas break. But we end the year with a poetry exclusive: an audio transcript of Shelley writing his hit sonnet “Ozymandias”. Previously circulated only among Oxbridg...
  • What Flowers
    10 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    Last week I wrote about some favourite anthologies and promised to recommend some new ones for winter reading this week. But for some reason, I was forgetting that I’m also a full-time academic in the...
  • Poetry Wrapped
    03 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    A good anthology is a gift, so I thought I’d use the next couple of weeks to recommend some lesser-known alternatives to Carol Ann Duffy’s Christmas Poems. The all-you-can-eat chronological survey is,...
  • Poetry Tips 2021
    26 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year: when literary review pages get filled by people recommending books for free. Here’s my twopenn’orth in the Times Literary Supplement, plus some other TLS poet...
  • Ghost Poem
    19 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    This week I’ve been haunted by a ghost poem. I found it in a little, undated pamphlet, Michael Drayton: Elizabethan Poet, by John Sherwood. Once the property of Great Yarmouth Public Libraries Referen...
  • Small Personal Cheers
    12 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Writing a weekly newsletter about poetry is a very different kettle of fish to doing academic research, which generally takes a bit longer to boil its catch. So the highlight of my week was opening a ...
  • Impasto to the Point of Pastry
    05 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    It’s in the nature of the prose poem to feel second-hand: to resemble anecdote, essay, memory, or (often) dream diary. This is an observation on the nature of the form, rather than a criticism of its ...
  • Coming to Us in Flashes
    29 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    ‘The bishop’s ketchup: Jeremy Noel-Tod plots a course through the Collected Poems of the erratic Edith Sitwell’, illustration by Clifford Harper, Guardian Review [print edition], 15th July 2006 Liftin...
  • Tetris Elegy
    22 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    As with your shadow I with these did play (Shakespeare, Sonnet 98) It’s surprising to realise that Gail McConnell’s The Sun is Open (Penned in the Margins, 2021) is a poetic sequence profoundly concer...
  • From the Magazines
    15 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    I found more time for reading about poetry than writing about it this week. Here are some extracts from articles that I enjoyed. Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s Writing the Camp is a debut of remarkable enquiry ...
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