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Welcome to our reviews page, focusing on books predominantly featuring long poems or sequences.



Road Trip by Marvin Thompson (Peepal Tree, 2020); The Caprices by James Byrne (Arc, 2019); Deformations by Sasha Dugdale (Carcanet, 2020)

The scope offered by the long poem form brings space and time to think, and that is the reward offered by all three collections. Marvin Thompson’s Road Trip, James Byrne’s … Continue reading »

‘Personal Archaeology’ by Ric Hool (Red Squirrel Press, 2020): ‘Tamám’ by Simon Everett (Litmus Publishing, 2020): ‘Isolated in Aber Cuawg’ by Harry Gilonis (Oystercatcher Press, 2020)

J.H. Prynne’s article, ‘Huts’, was published in 2008  by Textual Practice and it opened with a quotation from William Collins’s 1746 poem ‘Ode to Evening’:   Or if chill blustring … Continue reading »

Sexual damage and porcelain: Jane Joritz-Nakagawa ‘Plan B Audio’ (Isobar, 2020): Steven Hitchens ‘The Lager Kilns’ ( Aquifer, 2019)

Jane Joritz-Nakagawa’s Plan B Audio deploys a variety of poetic and narrative styles, often experimental, within an overwhelming context of disease and damage. Arranged as one long poem, with no … Continue reading »

Nostoc by Daragh Breen (Shearsman Books 2020)

Daragh Breen’s fourth collection leads the reader through a chain of transformations. Its three separately titled sequences, interspersed with loosely linked shorter poems, build a complex and troubling vision. The … Continue reading »

A Presentment of Englishry by  Liam Guilar (Shearsman Books, 2019)

The deconstructionist view of there being no single attainable truth about the past is worth bearing in mind as we become immersed in Liam Guilar’s moving reconstruction of the land … Continue reading »

Portland: A Tryptych by Mark Goodwin, Norman Jope and Tim Allen KNIVES FORKS AND SPOONS PRESS (2019)

  Portland : A Tryptych focuses on the outlying peninsula of Portland, renowned for its limestone quarries mining oolithic stone used in stately buildings and as a remote outpost of … Continue reading »

Changing by Richard Berengarten (Shearsman Books 2016)

It might be said of Richard Berengarten’s Changing, as it might be said of the ancient work of divination known as the I Ching, that it is a long poem. … Continue reading »

Cantilena – one book in four spans by John Peck (Shearsman Books, 2016)

The epigraph to John Peck’s poem, Cantilena, is a quote from Kafka’s story of capital punishment, From the Penal Colony. It describes a machine whose glass teeth take twelve hours … Continue reading »

The Open Secret by Jennifer Moxley (Flood Editions, 2014)

Jennifer Moxley’s The Open Secret published in 2014 contains two long poems “Coastal” and “Evacuations” which form the core of this intelligent, complex book. In it Moxley examines the practice … Continue reading »

1948, A Novel in Verse by Andy Croft (Five Leaves, 2012)

A book called 1948, made of some eighty Pushkin stanzas, by Martin Rowson illustrate, riots of rhyme, extravaganzas. The cover’s ruddy bloody garish and Rowson’s drawings quite nightmarish, obsessive as the text, but still, full of telling … Continue reading »

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