Poetry

Poetry

On The Line by Joseph Ponthus

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve To read this book is an unforgettable experience. The cover, depicting five blue fish side by side, is eye-catching in its beautiful simplicity, belying the ugly reality within. It initially has an almost laconic air but transforms quickly to anger, protest, near despair at the lack of communication and confusion as

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The Fire of Joy by Clive James

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The world which marvelled at the prodigious talent of Clive James last year mourned his death. He was eighty.  He was a brilliant author, poet, essayist, critic and television presenter.  His final gift to the world is his selection of eighty poems, one for each of the years he lived. Many

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The Poet’s Mistake by Erica McAlpine

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Erica McAlpine expends considerable energy on defining what she means by a mistake in poetry. At first glance, mistakes are just mistakes – somebody has written something and got it wrong. McAlpine’s example of turkeys in England (in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1) when there were no such birds in the

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