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Friday poem: 'So Unimaginably Different and So Long Ago'

Friday poem: 'So Unimaginably Different and So Long Ago'

'We don't believe in progress / yet how can taste run backwards?' It's not that the speaker in Peter Porter's poem 'So Unimaginably Different and So Long Ago' doesn't believe in progress, more that he is afraid of it. It's much easier to admire a Medici bust, whose story is so well known, than to embrace something new like a messy bed, with all the change that that might signify.

In support of independent bookshops

In support of independent bookshops

Earlier this summer, Emma Chapman, author of How To Be a Good Wife, set off on an epic trip around the UK's independent bookshops. Now back at home in Jakarta, she tells us what she learned about the independent book trade.

Friday poem: 'Titanic' by Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Friday poem: 'Titanic' by Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

In the pause after the poem's first word you can feel the clamouring of panicked voices as the passengers hear that first almighty crash of iceberg on ship. And in that image of the piano, caught out mid-song and now drowning in a lungful of water, is the helplessness of all on board.

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