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Where is Julia, where is she..?
on 19 January 2014
A continued retreat from her first. A Soft-edged Reed of Light ends with a crass echo of Hardy (that poem we hear rather too much of around Christmas), The Particella of Franz Xavier Sussmayr is an achieved if singularly pointless essay in Browningesque ventriloquism (the ventriloquist ventriloquised!), the Hero poem in which, confusingly, our heroine is dérangé not dérangée (and it's not clear what Copus intends by the term) was simply ill-advised and the uneven tone of the last sequence (an absolute gift of a subject) leaves one feeling short-changed when there's such a passel of yearning/conceiving/birthing/rearing poems out there, Kate Clanchy's stunning Newborn being the go-to collection in my view