Sergio Blanco’s hugely ambitious text is a clever conceit. It is the story of T. a middle-aged man driven to investigate the theme of Oedipus for his new play. He does this by interviewing a young prisoner who is serving several life sentences for murdering his father.
This is an ambitious reinterpretation of Swan Lake from a modern Irish perspective. Embedded in this ‘ballet’ is an acute critique of the Irish clergy.
* This issue of London Grip New Poetry features poems by: * J S Watts * Emer Lyons * Pam Job * Kerrin P Sharpe * Joan Michelson * Hugh McMillan * Barry Smith * Nick Cooke * Melanie Penycate * Rodney Wood * Ricky Garni * Neil Curry * Ruth Hanover * Donald Atkinson […]
Merryn Williams praises a new – but, sadly, posthumous – collection from Elizabeth Burns
Roderick Burns is mightily impressed by Jane McLaughlin’s first collection
Emma Lee observes how the poetry of Isabel Bermudez deals with subtle connections
In the 1930s, as he fled Nazi Germany, Einstein passed through the Belgian port of Ostend, en route to the United States, and met the painter James Ensor. He asked him what he painted, to which Ensor replied “nothing”.
Richie McCaffery admires the honesty and masterly simplicity of poems by James Aitchison.
John Forth praises a poetry anthology which rises to the challenge of saying something original about birds
Merryn Williams is impressed by Chris Considine’s poetry of self-sufficiency on a small island
Graham Hardie finds that the poems of Robert Wells offer some pleasing insights.
Michael Loveday gets to grips with the uncertainties and instabilities underlying a new collection from Patricia Debney