Generation Txt looks at all points of poetry's star and is less
concerned with the middle ground, which makes this selection of young
writers more vital and a truer cross section of the poetry which will
progress and flourish. -- Roddy Lumsden
I couldn't find the txt msg sonnet my bile had been longing for!
-- David Bowden, Culture Wars, March 1, 2007
I've discovered Generation Txt. It's a collection of mostly short,
sharp and sardonic poems by six British writers, none of them older than
The first poem in the collection is a blistering effort called Eating Out ,
by Joe Dunthorne. It paints a picture not just of obscene waste (posh
restaurants throwing away tons of unfinished nosh) but of callousness too,
because the discarded food is locked in bins to stop tramps from eating it.
"You'd think they might be allowed to lick a strand of marinated pig fat
from the inside of a bin bag," Dunthorne muses acerbically.
Then there's Laura Forman's laconic nine-liner starting: "Studio flat,
quiet location, no chain", and going on to describe, in perfect
estate-agentese, the premises' "polished hard-wood veneers" and "screw-down
security door". Only when you reach the final lines -- "Ideal for last-time
buyers. Available sooner than you think" -- do you realise that she's
talking about your coffin.
The subject-matter is often the warping or wasting of young lives. There's
a devastating poem by Emma McGordon, for instance, probing the last
thoughts of those who jump from buildings.
Good news for poetry. -- Richard Morrison, The Times, April 4, 2007
You can never have too many collections of poetry. There will
always be a moment when only that one particular poem will do, and this
collection is a creative ideas manual.
It is replete with off beat and tangential work that's likely to inspire
the more reluctant poetry appreciators. These six young poets are joyfully
working with Ezra Pound's dictum to `make it new' and doing it with extreme
effervescence. -- Times Education Supplement, February 12, 2007