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Forgive the Language: Essays on Poets & Poetry

Katy Evans-Bush

"Splendidly various"

Times Literary Supplement

Typewriters, plagiarism and the poetic line are just three of the subjects under the spotlight in this book of essays by much-loved literary blogger Katy Evans-Bush.

Studies of Ted Hughes, Louis MacNeice and Dylan Thomas sit alongside a new look at Keats, a search for forgotten war poet Eloise Robinson, and practical guides on poetic technique. Katy Evans-Bush combines the intellectual rigour of the literary critic with the dynamism of a seasoned traveller in the blogosphere. These essays place poetry at the heart of contemporary culture, meeting at the borders it shares with music, politics and sculpture. She writes about art and life in a way that is generous, witty and incisive.

The Hidden Life of Poets
The Poem is a Question: Keats, Negative Capability and Us
James Merrill: Formal Radical
Compendium in Time
An Earnest Chestnut for Remembrance Day
The Search for Eloise Robinson
A Hell of an Underwriter: Three Insurance Men with a Difference
Because London Is Still a Kaleidoscope
There’s No Place Like Home: The Poetry of Dorothy Molloy
Men’s Troubles: Seidel, Ashbery & Elliott
To Hull and Braque: Marching to the Drumbeats
These Fragments We Have Shored Against Our Ruin
Gifts of Earth: Letters of Ted Hughes
The Dylan Thomas Question
Man of Jazz and Conscience: MacNeice’s Autumn Journal
Beauty and Meaning: Free the Word!
By the Light of the Silvery Moon: Dowson, Schoenberg and the Birth
of Modernism
Now I’m a Real Boy: Poetry’s Plagiarism Problem
The Line
My Life in Typewriters

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230 pages pages
ISBN 9781908058324
Published 1 December 2015
Cover design: Ben Anslow


Splendidly various.
Michael Caines, Times Literary Supplement

It’s a thrill to read these essays from our foremost blogger. It’s testament to her talent and a validation of blogging in general. [...] Katy is disarmingly well read, humane and infectiously engaging.
John Field, Poor Rude Lines

We are able to see the connections between avenues of research: how a quote from one poet has made her think of another’s work, or how the meeting of two poets means that a mystery must be solved. [...] By selecting a wide range of topics for her essays, Evans-Bush provides an overview of areas of the poetry world, and invites her readers to partake in reading and research of their own.
Becky Varley-Winter, Sabotage Reviews

About the author

Katy Evans-Bush’s poetry publications are Me and the Dead, Egg Printing Explained (Salt Publishing, 2008 & 2011) and Oscar & Henry (Rack Press, 2010). Her blog, Baroque in Hackney, was shortlisted for the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing in 2012. She lives in Stoke Newington, London.

Author photograph: David Secombe.

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