Monthly Archives: October 2010

John Glenday’s modern ancient ways

John Glenday. Grain. (Picador Poetry 2009). John Glenday’s third slim volume, deservedly shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, affirms his position as one of Britain’s finest lyric poets. its very first poem, ‘Epitaph,’ sets the tone for the whole book: … Continue reading

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Erin Moure’s & Oana Avasilichioaei’s ‘translations’

Here’s a little gathering of some notes on various books these two poets have brought over to English form various other places & poetries. Andr’s Ajens. quase flanders, quase extremadura Erín Moure. translations from south to north with notes (La … Continue reading

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Mark Weiss’s very particular landscapes

Mark Weiss. As Landscape (Chax Press 2010). Mark Weiss writes perception especially well, taking that term in as wide a sense as Pound took ‘image.’ Weiss takes his place in the tradition of USAmerican poetics that descends from Pound, Williams, … Continue reading

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Gary Barwin’s Porcupinities

Gary Barwin. The Porcupinity of the Stars (Coach House Books 2010). Barwin is seen as somewhat experimental, & says some of these pieces ‘were written with the assistance of the Kurzweil Cybernetic Poet software. [but] Most used old-school English language … Continue reading

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Laura Penny’s comic diatribe

Laura Penny. More Money than Brains: Why School Sucks, College Is Crap & Idiots Think They’re Right (2010). Undoubtedly I like this partly because it speaks to my own prejudices; but it does so with flair, wit, & a sharp … Continue reading

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Guy Gavriel Kay’s latest historical fantasy

Guy Gavriel Kay. Under Heaven (Viking 2010). In Under Heaven, an epic historical drama playing off the An-Lushan rebellion during the Tang Dynasty in eighth century China, Guy Gavriel Kay constructs a multi-faceted historical fiction that brilliantly evokes life at … Continue reading

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Sheila E Murphy’s usual music

Sheila E Murphy Toccatas in the Key of D (Blue Lion Books 2010). I should declare my interest here: I’m a friend of & collaborator with Sheila E Murphy, & Ive enjoyed her poetry ever since I first came across … Continue reading

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