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Simon Perril – three collections from Shearsman Books: Archilochus on the Moon (2013), Beneath – A Nekyiad (2015), The Slip (2020)

Working with ancient poetic fragments is like grappling with shadows, grasping at shady, nebulous shapes that shrink away at the touch. As the Princeton Postclassicisms Collective has concluded, in such … Continue reading »

The Bridge at Uji, Tom Lowenstein, Shearsman Books, (2022). about : blank, Adam Wyeth, Salmon Poetry, (2021).

The Bridge at Uji, a collection of 117 short, spare, untitled poems by Tom Lowenstein, takes a bridge in a suburb south of Kyoto as its inspiration. Lowenstein describes in … Continue reading »

Ghost Passage by Josephine Balmer, Shearsman Books 2022: A Country Without Names by Martin Anderson, Shearsman Books 2022

For fifty thousand US dollars you can have your dog cloned. It costs a little less for your cat and a lot more for your horse1. In the lifetime of … Continue reading »

The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette, Angela Gardner, Shearsman Books (2021) My Father, Eduardo Moga, translated by Terence Dooley, Shearsman Books (2021)

‘Cannibalism,’ notes Rebecca Solnit in a dedicatory quote to Angela Gardner’s mesmerising verse narrative, The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette, ‘is both a terrible transgression and a strange communion.’ From … Continue reading »

Zoë Skoulding, A Revolutionary Calendar, Shearsman (2020): Alasdair Paterson, My My My Life, Shearsman (2021): Shara McCallum, No Ruined Stone, Peepal Tree Press (2021)

Zoë Skoulding’s , A Revolutionary Calendar, is based on the French Republican Calendar which was in use from 1793-1805. Skoulding uses the scheme devised by the poet Fabre d’Églantine who … Continue reading »

Bioluminescent Baby, Fiona Benson (Guillemot Press, 2021) Peripheral Visions, Moyra Tourlamain (Oystercatcher Press, 2021) A Time of Eels, Carol Watts (Oystercatcher Press, 2021)

Integral to our imagination In the eleventh section of Carol Watts’s new poem we are presented with a suggestion as to the roots of poetic art ‘rebinding speech from / … Continue reading »

Parallel Movement of the Hands (edited by Emily Skillings, with a foreword by Ben Lerner) by John Ashbery (Carcanet, 2021)

In her illuminating account of his early life, The Songs We Know Best (2017), Karin Hoffman dates the start of John Ashbery’s poetry writing life to 1943 when he was … Continue reading »

By Tiny Twisting Ways by Ian Davidson (Aquifer Press, 2021): Brightwork by Suzannah V. Evans (Guillemot Press, 2021): Second Memory by Pratyusha & Alycia Pirmohamed (Guillemot Press, 2021)

It might be interesting to speculate what answer in the spring of 1956 Charles Tomlinson might have given to the question concerning where poetry came from. He might well have … Continue reading »

War of the Beasts and The Animals, Maria Stepanova, translated by Sasha Dugdale, Bloodaxe, 2021

This is the first translation of the prominent and popular Russian poet Maria Stepanova’s poetry  into English, by the poet Sasha Dugdale, for Bloodaxe, and also coincides with the publication … Continue reading »

Tenter by Susie Campbell (Guillemot Press 2021), Sanchez Ventura by Simon Collings (Leafe Press 2021), The Dusty Angel by Vahni Capildeo (Oystercatcher 2021)

These three very different books explore the scope and capacity of the long poem form using subtly different techniques and approaches. The connections between the books and between the phrases, … Continue reading »

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