Another Paradise Lost entry coming later.
But first, I couldn’t let this pass. I was skimming through the new issue of Poetry Review (Spring 2008) and read with interest a review of John Ashbery’s Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems. At the end of the review, I was amazed to read this credit:
"Ben Wilkinson recently completed a doctoral study of John Ashbery at the University of Kent."
And I had always thought that Ben had been working on the ‘New Generation’ poets at Sheffield! Dumbstruck at Ben’s double life, I turned back a page to find that the review had in fact been written by Ben Hickman and the end credit had been a mistake.
All the same, Ben, good to know that the creators of Poetry Review just can’t get you out of their heads (as Kylie would say)!