Monthly Archives: July 2010

Speaking out

Although there were plenty of reasons not to respond to J.C.’s piece in the TLS, we eventually decided that a letter to the editor was justified, not least because J.C. had basically denied that anyone could possibly enjoy the CLR’s poetry, or poetry like it. This is absurd: of course it’s hard to pin down [...]


Or, well, actually, not really.
The back page of today’s TLS contains a blast at the CLR by that column’s author, J.C. What’s his charge? Well, it’s not so easy to say, because his piece consists mainly in repetition of his earlier jibes, a bit more out-of-context quotation, and some poorly-turned sentences about “common foundations” and [...]