Philip Terry

Philip Terry is the editor of the Penguin Book of Oulipo.

Diary: Scratched on a Stone

Philip Terry, 27 January 2022

InAugust 2006 I visited an architect friend called David Martin who lived near the town of Montignac in the Dordogne. He was in the middle of a complicated job converting the interior of a nearby château, which had been acquired by a wealthy Japanese client. One evening he produced a large and rather dirty wooden crate. ‘I found it tucked away at the back of a cupboard in the...


Philip Terry, 6 May 2021

It must have been​ some time after we left Belfast in 1972 that my father first talked to me about Seamus Heaney. Heaney had been a student in English at Queen’s, Belfast, where my father, Arthur Terry, taught Spanish. And they had both been members of the Group, meeting regularly to discuss one another’s poems and translations. Heaney brought his first poems along, and my father...

Poem: ‘Inferno: Canto I’

Philip Terry, 3 April 2014

Halfway through a bad trip I found myself in this stinking car park, Underground, miles from Amarillo.

Students in thongs stood there, Eating junk food from skips,         flagmen spewing E’s,

Their breath of fetid Myrrh and ratsbane,       doners

And condemned chicken shin...

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