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Conjure
Conjure
by Michael Donaghy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars stunning collection, 13 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Conjure (Paperback)
Donaghy's latest collection is a stunning one. Donaghy is an excellent poet. "Black Ice and Rain", one of the better poems, is a tragic narrative/dramatic monologue about loss. The poem works on many levels. Immediately following is "Our Life Stories", which is another of the best of the poems. The other poems in the collection are also very good. I draw your attention to these two only because they stand up as not only the best in the book, but some of the best poetry being written. The only complaint I have is that the quality of the binding Picador did is very poor. I only hope that as they reprint this volume they'll improve the quality of their bookmaking.


If I Don't Know
If I Don't Know
by Wendy Cope
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars typical cope, 7 Jan. 2002
This review is from: If I Don't Know (Paperback)
this latest collection is typical of cope's work. a pretty good use of humor, rhymes that sometimes are singsongy, and a whole host of villanelles. the real surprise is the long poem that concludes the volume, 'the teacher's tale'. written in couplets, it is a semi-serious poem that is well-done. some of the rhymes are predictable, but overall, it's a pretty good poem.


Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis
Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis
by Wendy Cope
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.63

1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars expected better, 29 Dec. 2001
we don't get to see as much of wendy cope in the u.s. as i had hoped, so i ordered a couple of her books from amazon uk. the few poems i had come across of wendy cope's have been great poems. her touch of humor is excellent in those poems. but the poems in this collection are less than stellar. much of the time the rhymes are predictable and uninteresting. her repetition of styles and themes gets old (god knows she must love the villanelle). in this collection her nursery rhyme imitations are phenomena. i can just see wordsworth and eliot writing those. her strength seems to be in mimicry, which she didn't do much of here. i don't know, maybe the poems i like so much came from serious concerns. if you want to read someone who is a better formal poet, and has what is probably the greatest wit of any living poet, check out R.S. Gwynn's selected poems: No Word of Farewell. i don't know if you can order it in the uk or if you'll have to order from the states, but it's well worth any trouble it takes to find it.


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