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Ed-Dorn-Burgh Review

Edward Dorn, Collected Poems (Carcanet), 995pp, £25 (This review of Dorn appeared in Edinburgh Review 139.) In several key ways Ed Dorn’s magisterial Collected Poems is a bridge between the late Modernist milieu of Black Mountain poetics within which he … Continue reading

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Sorley MacLean: A Life Revised

(I am reminded by news of the Spring issue of Poetry London to post this review of Sorley MacLean’s Collected Poems, written for their Autumn 2012 issue.) Somhairle MacGill-Eain/Sorley MacLean, Caoir Gheal Leumraich/White Leaping Flame: Collected Poems, ed. Christopher Whyte … Continue reading

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Paranoia and the Paraclete

(The Sin-Eater: A Breviary, Thomas Lynch (with photographs by Michael Lynch), Paraclete Press, 56pp, $22.99; All The Rooms of Uncle’s Head, Tony Williams, Nine Arches Press, unpaginated, £6.00. An edited version of this review appeared in Poetry Review’s Winter 2011 … Continue reading

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Once Were Informationists

(This review of Peter McCarey’s collected pamphlets appeared in Edinburgh Review 132, and is a look at what some Scottish poets did post-MacDiarmid and pre-Internet.) Peter McCarey, Collected Contraptions (Carcanet), 173pp, £14.95 Truth is sunk in information (‘Variations for Richard … Continue reading

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The Shock of Liberty

(This review of Hass and Williams appeared in the Summer issue of Poetry Review.) Robert Hass, The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected poems (Bloodaxe), 352pp, £15; C.K. Williams, Wait (Bloodaxe), 125pp, £9.95 There is an exhilaration about reading … Continue reading

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A Box of NOX and Other Containers

Anne Carson, Nox (New Directions), unpaginated; Allison Funk, The Tumbling Box (C&R Press), 71pp; Louise Glück, A Village Life (Carcanet), £9.95, 72pp In a curious way these three very different collections dovetail together, or rather the others are contained within … Continue reading

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Four Beginnings

Sarah Broom, Tigers at Awhitu (Carcanet Oxford Poets), £9.95, 73pp; Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Inroads (Seren), £7.99, 64pp; Adam O’Riordan, In the Flesh (Chatto & Windus) ?49pp; Sam Willetts, New Light for the Old Dark (Cape Poetry), £10.00, 55pp There are two … Continue reading

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