Monthly Archives: July 2011

‘Viscerebral’: Steven Ross Smith’s new Fluttertongue

Steven Ross Smith. Fluttertongue 5: everything appears to shine with mossy splendour (Turnstone Press 2011). Fluttertongue is slowly building into Steven Ross Smith’s magnum opus, the ongoing poem that will eventually define his oeuvre as a whole. The subtitles of … Continue reading

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A theatre of impossibilities: Jonathan Ball’s Clockfire

Jonathan Ball. Clockfire (Coach House 2010). As its opening line, ‘Entering the theatre,’ & the first phrase of its final bit, ‘Exit the theatre,’ make clear, Clockfire is a book-length sequence of prose poems (or very small essays/stories) playing off … Continue reading

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Mainstream variousness: David Seymour’s Inter Alia.

David Seymour. Inter Alia (Brick Books 2005/10). David Seymour does variety. In Inter Alia, he demonstrates his mastery of a number of modernist styles, with wit, intelligence, & understated feeling. The book is divided into 4 parts (5, if you … Continue reading

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