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Review by Tom Payne in The Telegraph, Saturday 2nd June 2001,
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This review is from: Anvil New Poets 3: No. 3 (Paperback)
The 10 poets in Anvil New Poets 3 are modern enough in their subject matter. One of them, Ros Barber, has two here that involve picking up condoms. (She has written elsewhere of a diaphragm and is well on the way to becoming the poet of prophylaxis). But in style they seem to look to earlier influences: Eliot, Stevens, Plath, Ashbery. The older the poets, the wider the choice of styles to emulate. So the poets here are happily versatile, even if some have yet to settle on a voice. Three at least have managed this. Robert Seatter, whose sense of line is so good you hardly notice it, and whose images come naturally (although I wasn't quite sure what God was doing in his lavatory); Sian Hughes, who is unafraid of her wild imagination; and Kathryn Gray, who is the most exciting poet in the collection.