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The Unusual Suspects,
This review is from: Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (New British & Irish Poets) (Paperback)
I am not the ideal person to review this anthology since I am temperamentally unsuited to contemporary anthologies. They inevitably highlight both the second rate and the brilliant and it is difficult to hack through the thickets of verse to reach either. This does not have the immediate impact that Bloodaxe's previous anthology, 'The New Poetry' did for me but the editor has given space to every kind of contemporary mode of poetry and I would suggest in future years it will be regarded as a landmark volume, highlighting some of the best new poets. The casual reader though, will still find much to delight and be intrigued by and will also have to plough through some grotesque experimental poetry and some that has not yet found its feet. It is a book that someone with a real enthusiasm and interest in contemporary poetry will want to read from cover to cover since it is detailed and informative but for some of the rest of us, we might be better browsing the pages rather than diving in head first.