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  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: flipped eye publishing limited; 1st edition (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190523337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905233373
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 891,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Max Wallis shows that modern love is the same as love ever was. The heart beats in the same way, the silences, kisses and stillnesses shared by lovers are as they ever were, ever will be." - Helen Ivory, author of The Breakfast Machine

"Max Wallis is inventive, playful and moving by turns, and unflinchingly honest in his writing. Language is both a toy and a knife to him. Modern Love takes the reader through a love affair and does so beautifully, tellingly and adventurously. There is so much here to identify with and to praise." - Angela Topping, author of The New Generation/I Sing of Bricks

"Modern Love presents love absent of all its Hollywood romanticism. It's visceral, liminal, alcoholic and all the more romantic for it. Disturbingly sublime." - Popshot Magazine

"Modern Love - originally the title of George Meredith's 1862 book of 16-line sonnets, thenceforth known as Meredithian sonnets - looks to trace the year-long course of a passion as echoed through contemporary manners and languages such as texting and Facebook. The subject may, of course, equally be filed under desire, need, obsession, ecstasy, insecurity and fear, but then these are the chapters of the discourse of love. Inventive and intense at best, the discourse here has an urgency that refuses to settle." - George Szirtes

"Max Wallis' Modern Love is a year long cycle of youthful love and its twists and turns. He mixes everyday images with tight observation and flashes of beautiful observation as metaphors of entanglement. Hope brightens, then drops its hand as the cycle moves into the gentle melancholy of loss and not knowing." - John Siddique, author of Full Blood

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Max Wallis shows that modern love is the same as love ever was. The heart beats in the same way, the silences, kisses and stillnesses shared by lovers are as they ever were, ever will be. --Helen Ivory

Modern Love presents love absent of all its Hollywood romanticism. It's visceral, liminal, alcoholic and all the more romantic for it. Disturbingly sublime. --Popshot Magazine

Modern Love - originally the title of George Meredith's 1862 book of 16-line sonnets - looks to trace the year-long course of a passion as echoed through contemporary manners and languages such as texting and Facebook... Inventive and intense at best, the discourse here has an urgency that refuses to settle. --George Szirtes

About the Author

Widely published in anthologies, magazines and journals, including Popshot, Cadaverine and Soul Feathers (alongside Carol Ann Duffy and Leonard Cohen), Max Wallis has found recognition early. Between October 2010 and March 2011 he took part in the Barbican Centre's prestigious Young Poet Scheme and proved himself as agile on stage as his work is on the page. Max is currently studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester where he is working on a début novel and a full collection of poetry. He also runs the project somethingeveryday which brings award-winning authors, poets and artists together to challenge their craft through a daily discipline. At twenty-one, Max Wallis has been described by David Hoyle as the future of poetry. Modern Love, his début pamphlet, gives weight to that claim.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina Bahadur on 17 July 2011
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"Modern Love" arrived in the post two days ago, and I have not been able to put it down. Max's poems are brilliantly crafted and intelligent. His use of language is masterful; in his short poems he captures moments and feelings that anyone who has been in love today would understand. Max has a seemingly innate understanding of natural rhythm and pause, which makes his poetry a pleasure to read aloud: "Kissing. Like this. x. And this. x. And this. x."

The poems in "Modern Love" effortlessly integrate the typically 'non-poetic' realms of text messages, Facebook etiquette, and Gumtree with all the delusions and delirium of love (the kind that hurts). Almost every poem resonated with me deeply, typically catching me at the first line: "Allow yourself this one day / hungover from love".

This book, a brave and truly incredible début, speaks effortlessly to how our generation navigates the big L. Max is an exceptionally talented young poet, and I look forward to seeing what he brings us next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Kirkwood on 12 July 2011
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In my opinion Max is up there with the most interesting of the young British poets such as Jack Underwood and Fiona Benson. Their work, for me, answers the question ( if it's not too soon to be asking this ); 'where next?' after Armitage, Farley, Paterson, Robertson, Oswald et al. These younger voices breaking through have a freshness and vitality that speaks for the next wave.

But it's not all about uber now, in this short collection we find three line poems with the perceptive simplicity of Menashe next to longer works that wriggle and tease their way through your mind like Moulson, others offer deceptively simple layers of meaning where you hear echoes of Bishop. There are some distinctly individual touches throughout with some fascinating word choices and meter that set up unexpected counterpoints , "From the blue lines, the scrawled words,/ I can trace your fingernibs / and unpluck your prints." There are also daring allusions, see 'Morning', that reveal an honesty all modern art of substance requires.

I read that Max is working on his first full collection--can't wait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgia on 11 July 2011
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Modern Love is a short, but intense experience. Awkward, honest, brave and at times agonisingly familiar, the pages are soaked in alcohol and sex. It tracks a relationship over the course of a year, in scenes that will be all too familiar to anyone who has ever had to change their relationship status on Facebook back to 'single'.

I loved this pamphlet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie K on 3 July 2011
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Max's style is very fresh. He talks openly about very hard life topics, such as love, sex, relationships. He is able to convey very much important messages in very few words. I found this pamphlet almost a guidebook to feelings and love in the complex modern age of texting, msn and facebook. I found it very amusing in some parts, yet also touching and harsh in others. It contains a good mix of emotions and styles and is extremely honest. I would recommend this to all discerning readers. I wish the young poet all the best in his future projects and await his future works with a baited breath.
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Max Wallis's Modern Love is a chronological collection of poems which follows the course of romantic love through its various vexing and tender stages. `All the days to tread till I meet you' begins his first poem as he goes on to describe a memory of fear and resentment when contemplating the path of a former relationship and its lingering presence in the mind of the speaking-voice: `Clutching our Tesco/Morrisons/Waitrose-trolley-full-dreams. Swearing whilst our kids watch us, getting in a huff over what type of juice is good.' Yet this initial restlessness gradually evaporates as Wallis gently portrays the nervous and at once invigorating hope which a new infatuation brings: `We lie, two statues/scared/scared of skin.' A beautiful depiction of two human beings on the cusp of a tentative embrace.

However, what is most impressive about Wallis's debut work is his ability to beautify the modern world and show how it rightfully deserves a place in contemporary poetry. In his poem `Modern Love: Texting' Wallis expresses how `the little xx means more from you' and admits saving `the sweet ones in a folder' to `read them when down.' Although it's probably a symptom of reading one too many of Keats's love letters, but I have, in the past, questioned whether social media and texting are capable of conveying genuine feeling and in this state of mind have longed for modes of communication locked in the vacuum of the past. Carol Anne Duffy, in her collection entitled Rapture, also explores this dynamic and writes in her poem `Text' that `I try to picture your hands,/their image is blurred./Nothing my thumbs press/will ever be heard.
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