Reviewing Matthew Francis’s Muscovy, Aingeal Clare evokes the “icy mystique” of Arctic poems by Lavinia Greenlaw, a Consulting Editor for Interlitq

Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw, a Consulting Editor for Interlitq, and a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, has been cited in “Muscovy by Matthew Francis – review” (Aingeal Clare, The Guardian, 10.05.13): Francis’s Marvell is less interested in diplomacy than colours and textures, food and furs (“you must cosset the person / in marten, sable, fox or beaver, and sleep / shivering on sheepskin in the furry dark”). As in the Arctic poems of Lavinia Greenlaw’s Minsk, the northern latitudes come trailing an icy mystique: “The cold finds you in your sleep. You flee from it / the way one does in dreams, not touching the ground, / across a flatness that is always the same.”

Matthew Francis

Matthew Francis

Andrew Marvell
Andrew Marvell


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