Plunder & Salvage

Michael Blackburn. Poet. Chief of the Inner Station.

Jul 27

Cherish our heritage, not Kim Kardashian, says Loyd Grossman.

Cherish our heritage, not Kim Kardashian, says Loyd Grossman.

Vogue Festival 2013 opening party, London, Britain - 27 Apr 2013

If I ruled the world, I would—before I was kicked out, strung up or sent into exile—encourage a closer engagement with the past. Like my illustrious predecessor on this page, Simon Schama, I go for the idea of making history a compulsory subject until the age of 16. Whether you wish to be a biochemist, hedge fund tycoon, lobsterman or—God forbid—an MP, not a lot in the world around us makes…

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Jul 24
The foul tornado – Peter Hitchens on the Great War.

To say that that the First World War was the greatest cataclysm in human history since the fall of the Roman Empire is to put it mildly.

The foul tornado – Peter Hitchens on the Great War.

To say that that the First World War was the greatest cataclysm in human history since the fall of the Roman Empire is to put it mildly.


Jul 23
Nobody likes poetry. And why would they? Do we need another poem that describes the way that light…

Nobody likes poetry. And why would they? Do we need another poem that describes the way that light falls on your writing desk as a metaphor for your mother’s cancer operation? Absolutely not. Source: Dazeddigital.

Nobody likes poetry. And why would they? Do we need another poem that describes the way that light…

Nobody likes poetry. And why would they? Do we need another poem that describes the way that light falls on your writing desk as a metaphor for your mother’s cancer operation? Absolutely not. Source: Dazeddigital.


Jul 18

New Loop on Radio Wildfire (18 July 14).

New Loop on Radio Wildfire (18 July 14).

There’s a brand new selection of tracks now playing in The Loop on Radio Wildfire – playing 24/7, a selection of stories, satires, poetry, spoken word, music and interview @ http://www.radiowildfire.com – another continuous Loop of live literature and chat.

There’s Words with music and soundscape from Lee Foust, Florence; Andrew Barnes, UK; Mark Goodwin, UK; and from David Michael Jackson, USA,…

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Jul 17
Too many damn novels.

Books are booming, with hundreds of thousands published worldwide each year in various forms. It seems that everyone really does have a novel inside them – which is probably where it should stay, says Spain’s foremost living novelist, Javier Marias Source: The Independent

Too many damn novels.

Books are booming, with hundreds of thousands published worldwide each year in various forms. It seems that everyone really does have a novel inside them – which is probably where it should stay, says Spain’s foremost living novelist, Javier Marias Source: The Independent


Jul 14

Extreme animal athletes. You’ve got to see this.

I think my favourite is the trampolining elephant.


Jul 4
Drunks, druggies, killers, debtors and shirt-stealers. What writers used to be like.

IT HAS OFTEN occurred to me what a bad lot so many writers have been: spongers, liars, defaulters, thieves, betrayers, turncoats, murderers, wife-beaters, child-abandoners, drunks, druggies, skirt-chasers and lunatics by the score.

Drunks, druggies, killers, debtors and shirt-stealers. What writers used to be like.

IT HAS OFTEN occurred to me what a bad lot so many writers have been: spongers, liars, defaulters, thieves, betrayers, turncoats, murderers, wife-beaters, child-abandoners, drunks, druggies, skirt-chasers and lunatics by the score.


Obama’s gay, Michelle’s a tranny and I claim my five bucks.

Joan Rivers spills the beans - “we all know.”

Obama’s gay, Michelle’s a tranny and I claim my five bucks.

Joan Rivers spills the beans - “we all know.”


Jun 27
Paying to listen to Hillary Clinton bark for 5 hours straight.

When Hillary Clinton talks about “working hard” for her money, she means putting her name on books that someone else wrote and reading speeches that someone else wrote to groups that would pay her even if all she did was bark for five hours straight.

Paying to listen to Hillary Clinton bark for 5 hours straight.

When Hillary Clinton talks about “working hard” for her money, she means putting her name on books that someone else wrote and reading speeches that someone else wrote to groups that would pay her even if all she did was bark for five hours straight.


Jun 20

Free online poetry course (How Writers Write Poetry).

Free online poetry course (How Writers Write Poetry).

The Course

How Writers Write Poetry, a six-week course beginning on June 28, 2014, is an interactive study of the practice of writing poetry. The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include sketching techniques, appropriation, meter,…

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