Ruth Padel is a Professor of Poetry at King’s College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her book Beethoven Variations: A Life in Poems was published this year. (February 2020)



Wherever you look in this town are painted casts of the famous statue. One at my door like a street performer silver mantle, silver eyes and skin. In the Town Hall Information Zone he is lapis lazuli. Face the color of clear sky after sunset, body scrawled with white crotchets, …