From Criticism

On streaming / Michael Ray

My poems often arrive at inconvenient moments; like the client who begins to tell their therapist about the abuse thirty seconds before the end of the session. They spill just before I have to leave for work, or while I’m driving, when a comment on the radio, an ambiguous billboard, causes me to pull over,…

‘Walt’ / Louise Warren

Issue 9 of The Lonely Crowd features three new poems from Louise Warren, including ‘Walt’, which she discusses here. Don’t miss Louise reading these poems at our London event this Thursday. I have always loved the films of Walt Disney, especially the earlier ones. Fantasia, Pinocchio, the original One Hundred and One Dalmatians with its hand…

On Writing ‘Sound of the Riverbed’ / Dan Coxon

‘Write what you know.’ For many years it was advice that I tried to follow, a mantra so prevalent in creative writing teaching that it surely couldn’t be wrong. Except, of course, that it is. Or not wrong exactly, but misguided, and limited, and – more importantly – limiting. Taken to its logical conclusion, ‘Write…

On Writing ‘Four Poems’ / Sarah Doyle

On writing ‘Ammonite’, ‘Elegy for Victorian Gasworks’, ‘Near Misses’, and ‘Stitches’ (from Issue 9 of The Lonely Crowd). I would say that these four poems fall neatly into two groups of two: the universal (external), and the personal (internal).  Poems in the former category come easier to me than those in the latter. I’ve been…

Forty Years of Editing: Some Do’s, Some Don’ts 1978—2018 / Gerald Dawe

My plan is to think aloud about my experiences, stretching over roughly forty years, of editing sixteen or so titles. These books, edited by myself or with co-editors, include collections of essays, poetry anthologies, editions of individual writers’ work and proceedings from conferences and lecture series. But I’d like to begin with some (brief) personal…

On Writing ‘Detroit’ / Anne Hayden

When I first started writing short stories a few years ago, it didn’t take long for a pattern to emerge: I kept setting them in the dead of night. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, I’m no stranger to the small hours. I’ve spent most of my professional life working the evening shift in newsrooms,…