Your life might need to take place in order for you to write your poems, but your poems should never be merely a record of your life taking place.
If his friends are to be believed, Cyril Conolly was a monster of sloth and self-regard. And yet, what an endearing figure he cuts through their letters and memoirs.
'Only his handwriting seemed to locate him exactly, to ground his body in the act of writing and thinking and breathing; each stroke of the pen a black ink tether that tied me to him and him to me.'
'Inspired by his loathing of the hypocrites and knaves who surrounded him, Rochester aimed to show his friends (and enemies) that he was a serious and considered thinker.'
To mark their 80th anniversary, the advocacy group Liberty delved into their sizeable list of contacts and got...
I think I can say, with perfect confidence, that Liberty, the organisation, is rubbish. I can, I can...
DEGOTTEX: Sought to reveal self-sufficient personal vision spontaneously; DORFLES: Born in Trieste, lived in Milan; ENGEL-PAK: A chequered career as a young man.