Glyn Maxwell: On Poetry

Glyn Maxwell’s On Poetry offers us a guide to reading poetry in seven chapters: ‘White’, ‘Black’, ‘Form’, ‘Pulse’, ‘Chime’, ‘Space’ and ‘Time’. Described by Katy Evans-Bush in Poetry Review as being ‘as highly charged as a stick of poetry dynamite’, the book sold out its first printing in less than a week. Adam Newey wrote in The Guardian: ‘This is the best book about poetry I’ve ever read; certainly the only one that’s made me laugh out loud. Maxwell’s students are lucky to have him’ – as were we, to present his guide at the bookshop, and to follow with a lively discussion of poetry and criticism with the audience.