Monday, April 06, 2009

The poetry of unease

Over at the Scoop Review of Books I've taken a look at two new collections of poetry which allude to the uneasy times we live in.

Mark Young has rewritten Frank O'Hara's classic Lunch Poems, replacing the madcap optimism of postwar New York with the disorientating uncertainties of a twenty-first century world menaced by climate change and financial meltdown. Michael Steven's Centreville Springs is a more introspective, meditative collection, but one of its strongest poems creates a complex and coherent portrait of a small New Zealand town under siege from the forces of economic and cultural globalisation.

You can read my review here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ross Brighton has exposed Maps as a bourgeois critic at the Scoop Review of Books.

3:56 pm  

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