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4.0 out of 5 stars I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it, 31 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Nuclear Epiphany
Reviewing this book (just the one, ten-part poem, with illustrations), Robert Nye wrote in The Times, "Sebastian Barker's A Nuclear Epiphany is another rhapsodic outpouring by an extraordinarily gifted young man who seems utterly at the mercy of his own talents. Mr Barker is a sort of latterday Kit Smart, singing and shouting but above all praying at the top of his voice. As Dr Johnson said of Smart, I'd as soon pray with him as with anyone else. In other words, I think this chap is the real thing, some kind of visionary - Poetry is the medium of the complex quality of the blest." Barker has since been Chairman of the Poetry Society (1988-92) and editor of The London Magazine (2002-2007). The title of this review is a line from Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall; it would be surprising if that song did not have some role in the genesis of Barker's poem.
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