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Alice Goodman on writing political operas—and her late husband Geoffrey Hill

Hill, a great poet, passed away one year ago. Goodman talks to Sameer Rahim about coming to terms with that—and about her own extraordinary artistic output

By Sameer Rahim   September 2017

"News has a kind of mystery": Nixon (James Maddalena) sings after touching down in Nixon in China. Photo: JEFF J MITCHELL/GETTY IMAGES

Four years ago, I spent a memorable afternoon with the poet and Anglican priest Alice Goodman and her husband the poet Geoffrey Hill. We were at the parish rectory in Fulbourn, a village near Cambridge, discussing Hill’s recently published Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012. That book was the culmination of an extraordinary life’s work that confirmed his position as England’s greatest living poet. He also had just been…

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