Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Poems from Oby, by George MacBeth

A few weeks ago I shared here my discovery that the tiny settlement of Oby in the Norfolk Broads had a dual literary heritage – the setting for Sylvia Townsend … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

A Norfolk Literary Crossroads (a Vulpes Libris Random)

Sylvia Townsend Warner’s novel The Corner That Held Them (which I love with a passion – though it does divide opinion, as Bookfox Simon will attest) is set in the … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · 4 Comments

Bilbo’s Last Song by J R R Tolkien and Pauline Baynes

I’ve just moved house for the 25th and (I hope) last time. When you move house that often there are, almost inevitably, boxes which you just never get around to … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 4 Comments

Re-reading Lorca in Andalucía

When Bookfox Jackie declared the latest Poetry Week on Vulpes Libris, I had my response ready made. I had just been on holiday in Andalucía, and it had inspired me … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · 4 Comments

Collected Poems, by Ted Hughes

Today, Vulpes Libris welcomes Alan Parker, writer of our second chosen piece from our Write For Us! competition. Thank you, Alan! The Collected Poems of Ted Hughes There are books … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Today’s fox ought to be the elusive Thought Fox, as you will see, and here s/he is – a midnight fox, if not leaving footprints in the snow. It’s a … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

A poem found on the Road to Nowhere – Norman Nicholson’s ‘Rising Five’.

Millom in Cumbria was once a rural community with a scattered population that relied heavily on farming and fishing to scratch a living. All of that changed forever in the … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 5 Comments

Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology

Edited by Tim Kendall “There are strange Hells within the minds War made …” Ivor Gurney. ~:~ Up until very recently had anyone asked me to recommend just one book … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 8 Comments

Kenneth Rexroth and his ‘Poems From The Greek Anthology’

I know I should have heard of Kenneth Rexroth, but I hadn’t. When I first heard a few lines of his read out, a translation of a Latin verse, I … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 4 Comments

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

This poem is probably most familiar from S.E. Hinton’s first teen novel The Outsiders and the later film based upon it. I was aware of the poem before that, but … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

Poetry Week on VL

Welcome to our 6th Annual Poetry Week! Every Spring we celebrate this overlooked art form and we continue that tradition. This year we have very famous poets and some unfamiliar … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Akeing Heart

This is Evelyn, writing in 1949 to her lover and life partner Elizabeth, on the occasion of Elizabeth’s journey to England from the USA, to visit Valentine, Elizabeth’s lover. Valentine … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · 7 Comments

T S Eliot International Summer School 2013

By David Boyd 2013 was I think marked by several significant events: one of course was the passing of Eliot’s widow, Mrs. Valerie Eliot. Mrs. Eliot has clearly taken very … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

Anne Sexton in “Mercy Street” by Peter Gabriel

Mercy Street Looking down on empty streets, all she can see Are the dreams all made solid Are the dreams all made real All of the buildings, all of those … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · 3 Comments



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