Here come the neo-greens

August 1, 2012

As systems and assumptions collapse, desperate ideas have a better chance of becoming popular.

Burns and Barnes: a tale of two Poets

January 25, 2012

The differing fates of two dialect poets may tell us something about the differing priorities of England and Scotland.

This collapse is a ‘crisis of Bigness’

September 25, 2011

The crisis currently playing out on the world stage is a crisis of growth. Not, as we are regularly told, a crisis caused by too little growth, but by too much of it

Upon the Mathematics of the Falling Away

July 9, 2011

Suicide is everywhere in this culture, under every stone, and once you come to be a part of that great, unspeaking clan of people who have been touched by it, you see this.

The sole business of poetry

May 5, 2011

Can poetry save the Earth? No. But it is, perhaps, able to show us the Earth – and our relationship to it – in a way we are not used to seeing it.

The Quants and the Poets

April 21, 2011 Or: how the greens torpedoed themselves with numbers, how politics is a front for archetypal emotions, and how we'd all be better off admitting it.

The Poet and the Machine

February 15, 2011 Or: how to accept despair and avoid wishful thinking with the help of stoicism and poetry.

An untutored townsman’s invasion of the country

November 1, 2010 Last autumn, I moved from the city to the country. After fifteen years in Oxford, and with a young daughter…

Journey to the Dark Mountain

July 20, 2010

An attempt, back in the early days, to explain to a festival audience, and perhaps to myself, what the Dark Mountain Project is about.

Progress and the land

June 1, 2010

Our aggressively ‘progressive’ culture doesn’t seem to be able to talk intelligently about land and place. What’s it scared of?

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