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Steven Waling

“Those books burned like bloody fuck”

Martin Stannard is a poet and critic
Martin Stannard is team leader
Martin Stannard is of huge interest to anyone

Martin Stannard is co-executive editor of the Complete Work
Martin Stannard is conviction and self-doubt
Martin Stannard is publishing poetry for forty years

Martin Stannard is to be congratulated for producing what
Martin Stannard is plying his trade for ages now
Martin Stannard is the idea of the ideal friendship

Martin Stannard is experience of delivering
Martin Stannard is a poetry bonanza, richly
Martin Stannard is founding editor and publisher

Martin Stannard is the appealing qualities of his early
Martin Stannard is ‘snippets of pleasure’
Martin Stannard is available now

Martin Stannard is in the ballroom where the avant garde meets the mainstream
Martin Stannard is offence in some quarters
Martin Stannard is the third and final studio album

Martin Stannard is an essay
Martin Stannard is a thirteen hour time difference
Martin Stannard is two reputations

Martin Stannard is now
Martin Stannard is the man who has everything
Martin Stannard is a tandem sky dive

Martin Stannard is ‘an act of concealment’
Martin Stannard is a Cinderella story of how
Martin Stannard is removed under Data Protection Law

Martin Stannard is one of the finest novels of our century
Martin Stannard is not available for sale
Martin Stannard is enamoured of typwriters

Martin Stannard is about 238855 miles away
Martin Stannard is emotional in a rare mix
Martin Stannard is presiding over the proceedings

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