Agenda - Dwelling Places: An Appreciation of John Burnside

Agenda - Dwelling Places: An Appreciation of John Burnside

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Vol. 45 No. 4 / Vol. 46 No. 1




John Burnside

Interview:  John Burnside

Chosen Young Essayists

Zoe Brigley: The Potential of Silence: Re-reading

                       John Burnside’s Early Poems after A Lie about my Father

Phillip Pass: The Plight of Dwelling: ‘Settlements’

                      and the Making of Home

Gemma Green: Infinity and Beyond



Robin Robertson: Wildering

James Simpson: The Untenanted Room

Peter Dale: Second Comeback


Ian Parks: Mill Bank

Josephine Balmer: Aetiology


Andy Brown: The Departure

                        The Last Thatch

Zoe Brigley: Daughter

                      Behind the Looking Glass

Jaime Robles: Threads

Gemma Green: Crescent

Louise C. Callaghan: The Tapestry Cartoons

                                     Portrait of Sebastián Martinez y Pérez

                                     Fransisco de Goya y Lucientes

William Oxley: Night Fishing at Antibes

Will Stone: Sometimes This Genius Grows Dark

                    Ice Warning

Andrew McNeillie: Late Spring

                                The Big Snow

Andrew Waterman: Casualty, 1949

                                   The Examination


                                   Quick as a Flash

Aviva Dautch: Grasshoppers

Lynn Roberts: Lunchtime with Eros

Melinda Lovell: Making a Five Element Love Poem


David Borthwick: ‘To Comfort me with Nothing’:

                                John Burnside’s Dissident Poetics

Andy Brown: Finding ‘The Lit Space’: Reality, Imagination,

                        and the Commonplace, in the Poetry of John Burnside

Fiona Sampson: The Expanded Lyric: John Burnside

                             and the Challenge to British tradition

Jaime Robles: In the Shadow of the Ineffable: Imagery

                         in John Burnside’s ‘Annunciations’

Alan Stubbs: Reading Burnside

Maitreyabandhu: Near-Belonging



Lynne Wycherley: The Shell Man

                                 Westray Firth

                                 A Distance Lit with Deer

                                 Winter Trees

Tim Murdoch: Home Ground

                          Reading Elizabeth Smart

Eleanor Hooker: The Island

                             Singing Ice

Chris Hardy: Momentarily Bright

Maitreyabandhu: Puja

                               The Master

Samantha Wynne Rhydderch: Dressmaking




Alan Stubbs: Woken

Gary Allen: Mexico

                    Back Roads

Jenny Osborne: Wheal Betsy

India Russell: The Handkerchiefs

Siân Thomas: This House Runs Backwards

                         Leaf House

Omar Sabbagh: Still in the House of my Father

                            My House

                            The Lighthouse of Four Fists

Patricia McCarthy: A Different Lodging

                                  Tinkling the Keys

Terry Jones: Grand



Christopher Crawford: Prayer to Burns


Two chosen young Broadsheet poets

Annemarie Ní Churreáin: The Lane

                                              End of Girlhood

                                              Safe House

                                              The Milk-Run

                                              Tibetan Sweetbread

Richie McCaffery: Busker

                                Going Straight



                                40 Watt Bulb


Notes for Broadsheet Poets

Aviva Dautch: Like a Summer of Locusts:

                          On Reading John Burnside’s Gift Songs