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on 26 July 2013
Too many poems the same. Breakthrough style but repetitive. If you had just read one marvellous. But a book, no..
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on 17 July 2014
Emily Berry has absorbed good ideas from the creative world whirling around her. The collection opens well and continues to grow and develop, displaying a panache for the inventive: crisps, burnt toast and swimming pools. The accessibility of the poetry produces an effect akin to Frank O'Hara's almost effortless', 'I did this I did that' and is a skill she share another Faber graduate, Sam Reviere. The strongest moments come when she is at her most vulnerable, lost, presumably to the loneliness of long distance. Dear Boy a strong first collection from a talented young British writer. Highly recommended,
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on 16 April 2014
A refreshing new take on poetry that makes me see the world with new eyes . A bright new start for this poet :)
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This is not quite a book. On the other hand it is the rare first edition with the line in The Old Fuel (nice title, if attached to the wrong poem) where Berry hasn't quite made up her mind between 'prefer to' and 'rather'. These feel like exercises - the question poem, anyone? I'm still looking for one convincing line. I guess I'll settle for 'My crisis is relatively universal'. Faber can pen a mean blurb, though. From 'deft' to 'arch', I'd sure like to get my hands on that book! File under jokey, with promise
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These feel unfelt. Quirky, winsome even, but even the S&M is a little underpowered. Warning: contains ventriloquy (Love Bird; Shriek). 'I have been various.' Really! (Roethke? Dowson??) A couple of apparent found poems lack sources. A made-up found poem - now that would be something. 3.5
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on 21 February 2015
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