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Category: Literary News

RIP: Thomas Lux

On Monday (6 Feb) news broke of the death of poet Thomas Lux. He was born in America in 1946, and has been publishing poetry since 1970. Lux expressed life through his poetry with humorous quips. Here’s his poem A Little Tooth:

Your baby grows a tooth, then two,
and four, and five, then she wants some meat
directly from the bone. It’s all

over: she’ll learn some words, she’ll fall
in love with cretins, dolts, a sweet
talker on his way to jail. And you,

your wife, get old, flyblown, and rue
nothing. You did, you loved, your feet
are sore. It’s dusk. Your daughter’s tall.


The Unthanks: The Memory Book

The Unthanks, previously Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, are a folk band from the North East of England. The band has released nine albums to date, but this Christmas sees the release of their book: The Memory Book. Containing 200-pages The Memory Book is a documentation of the band’s life, with work from past members, awards ceremonies, pieces from childhood… The list is endless.

Most interestingly are the contributors involved with the book. Music journalist Paul Morley provides the foreword, with other pieces written by author Nick Hornby, actors Martin Freeman, Maxine Peake, Colin Firth, Stephen Mangan, Dawn French, and Ade Edmondson. Fellow musicians like Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll and Radiohead’s Phillip Selway also get in on the action.

The book offers an interesting insight into the last ten years of the band’s life and career.

T. S. Eliot

Unseen essay by poetry legend to be published online

Previously unpublished prose, written by T. S. Eliot, is to be posted on a new website dedicated to the celebrated poet. The site is a collaborative effort between the poet’s estate and Faber & Faber, the publishing house where the poet was a director. One of the pieces that is to be featured on the site, an essay originally written in French, will be translated into English for the first time.

The site will also display hundreds of unpublished letters by Eliot, along with a collection of rare photographs taken by his late wife Esme Valerie Eliot. The letters, not included in volumes of Eliot’s letter in print, include correspondence with bank managers and tax inspectors.

Faber press director Henry Volans said he hoped the works would show all sides of the writer.

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