David Caddy’s collection of audio podcasts is now available in this very attractive format from Shearsman and it is a must for anyone interested in the contemporary scene of British poetry.
In 2007 David was invited by the publishing director of MiPO publications and miPOradio, Didi Menendez, to present a monthly series of literary talks rather in the manner of Alistair Cooke’s Letters from America. As David has pointed out these talks were written quickly and intended as intelligent introductions rather than definitive statements. Rather like a gifted teacher his aim became ‘to stimulate the reader/listener and prompt further reading and discussion.’
Look out especially for the Letters on Bill Griffiths, Tom Raworth, John Kinsella, J.H. Prynne, Andrew Crozier and David Gascoyne. Another real delight is Letter 16 on John Riley: a very fine poet whose work needs to be revived. Michael Grant did a splendid job editing a Selected Poems of John Riley in 1995 (Carcanet) but this has now been out of print for some time.