Category Archives: Book reviews

Surrealist Resurgence; Nouveau’s Midnight Sun

(ed. John Thomas Allen) The poet John Thomas Allen is on a mission. From reading the introduction to this short but powerful anthology; Nouveau’s Midnight Sun, comes an urgency very unique to 21st Century English language poetry, is it something … Continue reading

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The New Isaiah: A Forgotten English Poem of the 1930s – Niall McDevitt

Flicking through the fine hardback New Collected Poems of David Gascoyne (Enitharmon, 2014), I finally saw in the contents list the name of a poem I’d always wanted to read. All I’d ever known of it was the title, The … Continue reading

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Visionary Passion; Notes on Andrei Tarkovsky and Geoff Dyer — Mark Wilson

Zona — Geoff Dyer (2012) Sculpting in Time — Andrei Tarkovsky (1986) As we approach the middle of the second decade of this millenium(and the second century in the history of film) it is abundantly clear to this writer that … Continue reading

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Envisioning the Velvet Underground – Mark Wilson on Jeremy Reed’s ‘Black Russian’

Black Russian – Out-Takes from the Airmen’s Club 1978-79 Jeremy Reed (Waterloo Press, 2010) The poet Jeremy Reed is something of an anomaly. On the one hand he has deliberately fostered his own populist cult-of-personality by being an inimitable performing-artist … Continue reading

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The Unleashment; ‘Ex Nihilo’ by Paul Stubbs, ‘Clarities’ by Blandine Longre

Black Herald Press 2010 Paul Stubbs introduces his new long poem Ex Nihilo by explaining that “this is a poem of a poem happening, with the very first ‘form,’ a creation ‘felt’ by me into existence.” Indeed, the poem, as … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Anticline’ by Clayton Eshleman

Anticline Clayton Eshleman Black Widow Press, 2010 – 181 pages Clayton Eshleman is one of America’s most pivotal visionary poets writing today, a word-creator and a language inventor whose work has delved deeper than nearly anyone else into the strata … Continue reading

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The Death of the Gods – Review of ‘The Icon Maker’ by Paul Stubbs

by Andrew O’Donnell, Dec 2010 The journey of Paul Stubbs’s second book of poems The Icon Maker is the journey that awaits us on the other side of our conventional religious and atheistic faiths, it is a book that deals … Continue reading

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The Alchemy of Love – Guido Cavalcanti; Then and Now

Complete Poems – Guido Cavalcanti translated by Anthony Mortimer, OneWorld Classics, 2010. Cavalcanti Poems (1912) in Translations of Ezra Pound, Faber, 1953, 1984. Guido Cavalcanti should be a household name in the canon of world poetry. He was Dante’s ‘first … Continue reading

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Dante’s Inferno – A New Bilingual Edition

Translated by J.G. Nichols and published by OneWorld Classics   An article on a new reissue of Dante’s Inferno seems, at first, to be redundant in two senses; firstly one might presume that, with the multitude of translations already offered … Continue reading

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Return to the Light: ‘Bright Dusky Bright’ by Eeva Liisa Manner

Translated by Emily Jeremiah – Waterloo Press 2009 When reading the poems  of Eeva-Liisa Manner, and discovering  the landscapes that gave birth to them, I am reminded of these lines by the great Finnish/Swedish poet Edith Sodergran, lines in fact … Continue reading

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