The Portraits Edition

In this month’s edition, author David McAlpine Cunningham sketches a tantalising portrait of a young, bereaved student and his ambiguous relationship with his tutor, in the subtle, witty and lightly erudite short story ‘L’Amour Cortois’. Poet Rodger Evans explores the relationship between poetry and song in his portrait of up-and-coming superband Jesus, Baby!, featuring NLP … Continue reading

The Thrum Edition

Deep in the heart of Thrum this month you’ll find the heady talents of one of Helena Nelson’s Happenstance Press triumvirate, Niall Campbell (finally alongside Richie McCaffrey and Theresa Muñoz, who appeared in NLP earlier on in their careers) in his short collection for NLP – ‘Thrum’ – which would summon the hive to “rouse/ its … Continue reading

The Borders Edition

This month Magda Healey poses some fascinating questions at the site of the Apollo at Bassae, as she explores the borders of time and our reaction to them. She is puzzled by the Ephorate of Antiques’ attitude towards ‘restoration’; indeed, she wonders quite what restoration is, which in turn allows her to question the limits … Continue reading

The From the Ruins Edition

In 1995, singer Natalie Merchant released her song ‘San Andreas Fault’, in which the tectonic plates under San Francisco took on a sinister, human aspect, “mov[ing their] fingers/ through the ground” – a reference, perhaps, to the huge 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, or others since. In Merchant’s song, the fault-line of the past and … Continue reading

Crosslight: a micro-anthology of poetry

Welcome to Crosslight: a micro-anthology of poetry

The Werk Edition

Delaina Haslam, who recently delighted conceptual poet Kenneth Goldsmith with her piece about him in NLP (his new book, Uncreative Writing, is reviewed here in the TLS), takes on another avant-garde giant, sound poet Jaap Blonk. NLP is delighted to be working with Haslam again: she is an endlessly searching writer, and allows NLP to … Continue reading

The Code Edition

There is a physicality to the way we record things – a place for memory – that appears in code; we call this language. It is learnt through sight, touch, sound, and is arguably site specific. “The narratives respond directly to the land, as the land responds directly to the… stories”, writes David Abram in … Continue reading

The Tresspass Edition

Nothing as bombastic as Frank O’ Hara’s manifesto for Personism, but with a soft-hued version of his sentiment: “I’m not saying that I don’t have practically the most lofty ideas of anyone… but what difference does that make? They’re just ideas. The only good thing about it is that when I get lofty enough I’ve … Continue reading

The Ghost Edition

In NLP’s winter edition, we have found a league of spectres to accompany you amongst the silent shifting of the snowflakes. Don Paterson and Alison Watt’s recent collaboration at the Ingleby Gallery, where Watt’s artwork was accompanied by Paterson’s succinct verse, allowed Paterson to release the ghosts from Watt’s mesmerising pieces. In an attempt to … Continue reading

The Punctum Edition

“I will always listen to outsiders. They have a lot to give”, says Sally Evans in her interview for this month’s Punctum Edition. Sally is the quiet radical of Scottish poetry, evident in her deep and abiding love of books at Kings Bookshop in Callendar (along with husband and fellow poet Ian W King), her … Continue reading