This is a book that everyone should read. How often does one get to say that – and not least when the title might suggest that the author merely means to expand our thin acquaintance with a sixty year old conflict, brief, remote, and wasn’t it all American?
Fiona Sinclair explores the complexities of Angela Topping’s collection Paper Patterns which deals with profound emotion and also with the pleasantly domestic.
D A Prince admires the careful construction of John Greening‘s new collection To the War Poets and is pleased by the way it trusts the reader to look deeper into the subject-matter.
We need no reminding this week what a lethal combination Sex ‘n’ drugs and rock ’n roll can be. So in the way of things, Simon Stephens’ latest, Birdland has its own coincidental topicality.
The Future-Past: Competing Temporalities of the Ruin. Ruin Lust, Tate Britain, 4 March – 18 May 2014.
A fascination with ruins has not always been with us. It presumes, for one, a linear notion of time, in other words the idea that the past is irrevocably lost. It is also born of a forensic – or archaeological – interest in history, one that sees in broken remains the traces of past acts and endeavours.
Robin Houghton’s new chapbook reminds Martin Noutch of the excitement and the challenge of moving into a new home
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs muses on ways in which his poetic preferences may have been shaped by two of John Arlott’s poems.
Merryn Williams is thankful that many poets remain unconvinced about the necessity of war and find compelling ways to say so in this new anthology
Anna Robinson praises the economy and lightness of touch at the heart of Geraldine Paine’s poetry
Thomas Ovans is impressed by Roger Owen’s absorbing and lucid introduction to the work of the Welsh dramatist Gwenlyn Parry
Rosie Johnston’s poetry is tightly structured but it still allows room for growth and movement, observes Emma Lee
Thomas Ovans discovers warm, positive and life-affirming poems in Heart Archives.