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Helpful votes received on reviews: 66% (103 of 157)
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Natsu: A Selection of tanka by Tony Lewis-Jones
Natsu: A Selection of tanka by Tony Lewis-Jones
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
You'd think anyone could write a tanka, a short Japanese poem longer than a haiku and shorter than a sonnet. They look easy enough, often simply describing an image or a small event, but the trick is to make it look easy, and that is a trick requiring practice. Tanka also requires a kind of lyrical melancholy that is aware of the transitory nature of beauty. Tony Lewis Jones has that to spare, as readers familiar with his more conventional work will know. For a very good price you may download 14 pages of wistfulness on to your modern reading apparatus, and float away for a little while on a cloud of words.
Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959 by David Kynaston
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
why does David Kynaston see fit to dismiss 'Monitor' - which promoted film-makers such as Ken Russell and John Schlesinger and John Boorman, and programme makers Humphrey Burton and Melvyn Bragg, not to mention theatre directors such as Patrick Garland and David Jones and art critic John Berger - with a quote from Soviet spy and Daily Express gossip columnist Tom Driberg? Seems to me to suggest either poor taste or shoddy research.
Talking Blues by Tony Lewis-Jones
Talking Blues by Tony Lewis-Jones
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diving for pearls, 30 Oct 2013
Tony Lewis Jones extracts his poetry from the quotidian, as though beneath the mundanities lies a layer of experience that we rarely bother to venture into. Perhaps we don't dare. Perhaps to do so would uncover a root nerve. However, like a considerate dentist, TLJ will not cause you agony. Melancholy is more his metier, seasoned with a wry smile. We're not talking Robert Johnson supping with the devil. This is more Clapton at 461 Boulevard. And none the worse for it.

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