Matthew Sperling: a publication and review update

Matthew writes:
I’ve had a couple of pieces published online in recent days: my review of new poetry books by Paul Batchelor, Oli Hazzard and Toby Martinez de las Rivas, which was published in last week’s New Statesman, has now gone online, and my short piece for Apollo magazine about Paul Pfeiffer’s Jerusalem, a work of online art about the 1966 World Cup final, was published today, just in time for the 2014 final.
I was also delighted to find the distinguished poet Ian Duhig speaking kindly of my monograph, Visionary Philology, in two recent pieces online: first in Poetry magazine’s ‘Reading List’ feature (‘Sperling demonstrates how the etymologies of Hill’s rich vocabulary shimmer in harmonics around his chosen words’) and next in an interview with the webjournal Compose, in answer to a question about advice he would give to emerging poets:

I’ve just read, and can recommend, Matthew Sperling’s Visionary Philology on Geoffrey Hill’s poetry. It is very good at uncovering the larger etymological patterns behind Hill’s vocabulary, mined over the decades of his career. That would be what I’d emphasize for the poets starting out you mention, to develop the kind of focus that lets you see the true depth of what is beneath you…

Visionary Philology

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Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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