Two literary critics have recently published their own collections of poetry. In a set of three podcasts, Gareth Reeves and John Clegg read from their work and then discuss the challenges of studying poetry, whilst also writing it.
Gareth Reeves is part-time reader in English and teaches on the MA module in Writing Poetry. As was recently featured elsewhere on this blog, his third collection, To Hell With Paradise: New and Selected Poems, has just been published by Carcanet. In his podcast, Gareth adopts a range of intriguing perspectives and voices, including that of a cash machine looking at a man trying to withdraw his money, and Dimitri Shostakovich thinking about bird droppings.
John Clegg is a current PhD student studying under Gareth, with a thesis on the Eastern European influence in contemporary British poetry. His first collection, Antler, features prehistoric landscapes, folk tale and myth. John’s reading includes a history of a city in four stanzas, and the story of an “ice road trucker.”
In the third podcast, Gareth and John explain how they began writing poetry rather than writing about poetry. They discuss how writing poetry gives them unique insights into the forms and methods employed in the work of other poets.