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 Incident of the Poem at the Festival

It wasn’t my fault. I was eight years old, a natural mimic and I always did as I was told. The only thing I remember about the whole affair is the … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Vulpes Random: On marking a poetry exam

I collect my share of the poetry exam scripts, put them in my bike pannier, and cycle home. I put them on the table, close my laptop to avoid distracting emails, find … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Persian Poems selected and edited by Peter Washington

There is no other way of putting it. I was expecting mysticism and intricate illusions to hidden truths in the Everyman anthology of Persian Poems. Instead I found myself in … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Poetry Week on VL

Welcome to our 9th Annual Poetry Week! It’s the week every spring where Vulpes Libris highlights the undervalued art of verse. This year we have a bit more of a … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Daffodils” by William Wordsworth

One of the reasons I like this poem, which you can read here , is because it’s lighthearted. So much poetry is dark and deep, so it’s a lovely surprise … Continue reading

April 3, 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

Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice

Due to circumstances entirely beyond her control, Kirsty has had to postpone her piece on the discoveries in the Qumran Caves until another day. So we’ve had a delve in … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

archy and mehitabel – a buyers’ guide

actually i think that should be archy and mehitabel a buyers guide as poor little archy couldn t shift the keys to insert any capitals or punctuation so in homage … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Manawydan’s Glass Door (d’apres David Jones, 1931) by Heather Dohollau

This is a new poet to me and one I was happy to discover. Though born in Wales, she moved to France as a young woman and lived the rest … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

La Machine Infernale (The Infernal Machine) by Jean Cocteau

‘Watch now, spectator. Before you is a fully wound machine. Slowly its spring will unwind the entire span of a human life. It is one of the most perfect machines … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Most of the poems I’ve done for this week in the past have been thoses I’ve liked for decades. Though I’ve enjoyed Maya Angelou’s work for years, I had never … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

A thousand intermediate shades of grey.

I’m sixty years old. I don’t tell you this to elicit sympathy or admiring cries of ‘Gosh, you don’t look it!’, I tell you so that you’ll have some idea … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 10 Comments

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