REVIEW: The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp

The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was my second reading of this book, first reading for was a few years ago. I came back to it because I have been craving more queer voices and I have a great love for the early to mid twentieth centuryContinue reading “REVIEW: The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp”

REVIEW: The Fish Can Sing – Halldór Laxness

The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Kiljan Laxness My rating: 5 of 5 stars What a beautiful and complex book. It takes in themes of nationhood, the role of parents and grand parents, heroes and the complexities attached to being a creative person. The book works in a funny, meandering way where we learn aContinue reading “REVIEW: The Fish Can Sing – Halldór Laxness”

Poem: Vogue

Vogue Whitney Houston, Eartha Kitt Gladys Knight and Bessie Smith. Ellen, Björk, and Britney Jean on the cover of a magazine. George Eliot, Austen, Jane Intellectuals, eternal fame. Nicki Raps, Madonna’s grand Beyonce and Babs Streisand They have style, they have grace Nichelle Nichols explored space. Michelle Obama, Malala too, Hillary Clinton, we love youContinue reading “Poem: Vogue”

REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman My rating: 5 of 5 stars A universal and beautifully real novel which runs along so easily and wonderfully. Narrated by Elio, the younger of the two, you feel his fears, the thrill of his growing obsession with Oliver and, at moments, his fantasies made real. TheContinue reading “REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman”

REVIEW: Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love Austen. Her wit and wry humour is something I have enjoyed immensely for a number of years. Knowing her other novels well, this one does have a slightly different atmosphere and tone at moments. For the first half of the book, itContinue reading “REVIEW: Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen”

Poet On Pop: Saturday Night by Whigfield

Dee Dee na nah nah nah naaaah!  I have long been a lover of a Scandinavian bop with a melancholic streak. Searching back in my history, Saturday Night may have been one of the first that I truly loved. It’s not just the catchy beats and the repetitive lyrics, it was the simplistic (but oddlyContinue reading “Poet On Pop: Saturday Night by Whigfield”

Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara: 1. Music

    “I am naked as a tablecloth, my nerves humming”   I walk up and down Tottenham Court Road finding lunch options slim. I discover when I arrive at a usually dependable last resort lunch spot that the whole shop has been gutted, emptied, even the sign taken off the outside. Peering inside, IContinue reading “Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara: 1. Music”

Poem: Behind the British Museum

Behind the British Museum The road is closed on Montague Place and a mobile crane has been engaged to sift through the contents of the lorry and hoist up particular blondewood boxes. Anonymous, they sail upward with a slow spin steadied by the neon orange safety straps. Bodies inside bandages inside caskets inside boxes, theContinue reading “Poem: Behind the British Museum”