Some Online Byways

Some Online Byways

Phillip Ellis I have, since my late teens, held a so soft spot for the 1890s in my reading heart. Dowson, Lionel Johnson, Arthur Machen, Brennan and others, all have a place in that heart, and I want to use one of them, Arthur Machen, to illustrate some places online...
H.P. Lovecraft’s Slim Purpose

H.P. Lovecraft’s Slim Purpose

Phillip Ellis  Winfield Townley Scott once made the following remark about H. P. Lovecraft’s verse: “To scare is a slim purpose in poetry.” This is true; there is more to weird verse, poetry of fantasy and horror, than shudder-mongering, and there is more to the...
Autumn

Autumn

Phillip Ellis I won’t say that this thought has always struck me as evident, or even possible, but, for a long while, it seems to me that Brennan’s focus on the European seasons in his XXI Poems: Towards the Source and his Poems reflects a focus so intense...

Form and Content

Phillip Ellis Part of my poetic practice involves mastering as many poetic forms as I can. By being able to write as many as possible, without explicitly needing to concentrate on their demands, I find that my ability to write effective poetry is enhanced: I need not...
New Monthly Blogger – Phillip Ellis

New Monthly Blogger – Phillip Ellis

Southerly’s Monthly Blogger program has got off to a brilliant start, thanks to the thoughtful, engaging and inspiring posts from Tracy Ryan. Thank you, Tracy! Next in our program is Phillip Ellis. Here’s his bio: Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic and...