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.

The Sick Rose by William Blake

The Sick Rose by William Blake O Rose, thou art sick! The invisible worm That flies in the night, In the howling storm, Has found out thy bed Of crimson … Continue reading

February 26, 2010 · 12 Comments

God’s glory in the garden: the poetry of Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747)

Der Blüte Schnee schien schwarz zu sein Bei diesem weißen Glanz. Es fiel mir ins Gesicht Von einem hellen Stern ein weißes Licht, Das mir recht in die Seele strahlte. … Continue reading

February 16, 2010 · 8 Comments

Poetry Week: John Donne, The Reformed Soul

I studied the poetry of John Donne for A Level, and loved it: how could a seventeen year old not love a poet who writes about sex as Heaven and Hell, … Continue reading

May 23, 2009 · 9 Comments

Poetry Week on Vulpes Libris

Spring seemed like the perfect time for Poetry Week here on VL, so we’ve slated a full week of the subject, with actual poems, biographies, a Soapbox and other goodies. … Continue reading

May 17, 2009 · 1 Comment

A Rebel Among Outlaws: Kris Kristofferson

Well I think what they’ve done is well worth doing And they’re doing it the best way that they can You’re the only one that you are screwing When you … Continue reading

May 2, 2009 · 9 Comments

Letters to a Stranger, by Thomas James. Guest review by Joseph Spece.

Part of Graywolf’s Poetry RE/VIEW Series, Thomas James’ Letters to a Stranger first appeared in 1973. As Lucie Brock-Broido states in her lavish and apt introduction, “Until now, you could … Continue reading

March 20, 2009 · 8 Comments

Vladimir Mayakovsky: Poet, Hooligan, Bolshevik

Mayakovsky is closer to the dynamic quality of the Revolution and to its stern courage than to the mass character of its heroism, deeds and experiences. Just as the ancient … Continue reading

May 13, 2008 · 9 Comments

Pushkin, Part I

Half Milord, half middle class, Half wise man and half jackass, Half rogue, but it may come to pass He’ll become a whole at last. – Epigram on Governor-General Vorontsov, … Continue reading

April 29, 2008 · 3 Comments

Very Nearly All About Lermontov. Except the Bits About Pushkin.

No, I am not Byron, but another, A chosen one as yet unknown, Like him a wanderer, an outcast, Only with a Russian soul. I started soon, shall finish sooner, … Continue reading

April 15, 2008 · 21 Comments

Undiscovered Pushkin fragment kicks off new Russian literature series!

I originally intended to start my series on Russian literature with a piece on Ivan the Terrible: his writings, his image, his presence in literature, theatre, opera and film. But … Continue reading

April 1, 2008 · 7 Comments

Talking poetry with Nigel Jenkins.

By popular demand we have an interview with poet and haiku practitioner, Nigel Jenkins. 1)Tell us a bit about yourself. And please mention if you’ve been to Patagonia because I … Continue reading

December 14, 2007 · 10 Comments

Not a review…

… as I’m no good at writing about lyric poetry – my vocabulary in this respect consists of ‘wow’ and ‘hmm’ – but I thought I’d draw your attention The … Continue reading

November 20, 2007 · 6 Comments

Blue, and O for a gun, by Nigel Jenkins.

Welsh haiku? Now there’s an interesting idea. When I think of haiku, I can’t help but think of Japan and cherry blossoms. Of frogs jumping and the sound of water… … Continue reading

November 5, 2007 · 10 Comments



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