Talk about Poetry
Conversations on the Art
Talk about Poetry is made up of twelve interviews, conducted over the last decade or so for hard-to-find print and internet journals, in which Peter Robinson discusses such subjects as poetry and sexual violence, the balkanisation of the art and ways to resist it, the techniques of poetry and how they engage with the circumstances of life, and the connections between his own poetry, literary criticism, translations, aphoristic writings, and ancillary work.
He recalls the editing of Perfect Bound and Numbers, and the organisation of the Cambridge Poetry Festival; he responds to criticism, praises fellow writers, has his doubts about some questions put to him, and much more besides.Talk about Poetry is not only a companion volume to The Salt Companion to Peter Robinson, published in June 2006, but also a reliably open-minded guide through the forest of poetry during the last thirty years.
Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2006
- 'A sense of process: Katy Price talking to Peter Robinson'
- 'A tourist in your other country: Peter Robinson interviewed by Peter Carpenter'
- 'About their future: Peter Robinson in conversation with Jane Davies'
- 'Aphorisms as poetry or criticism? An interview by Alex Pestell'
- 'Left to their own devices: Peter Robinson interviewed by Adam Piette'
- 'Occasion to revise or think again: Marcus Perryman interviews poet Peter Robinson'
- 'Tell me about your background: Peter Robinson in conversation with Ted Slade'
- 'The life of a little magazine: Nate Dorward talks to Peter Robinson'
- 'The torque in poetic talk: Peter Robinson in conversation with Marcus Perryman'
- 'There are avenues, aren’t there?'
- 'Through frosted glass: Peter Robinson in conversation with Ian Sansom'