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on 3 April 2017
Emily Berry's prize winning first collection is very good. I bought it not knowing her work until a selection was published in Penguin Modern Poets 1. The poems are all very readable.The title poem "Dear Boy", sees a sophisticated woman dropping gently a young lover who she has caught being unfaithful It is a beautiful blend of resignation with a sharp edge.She mixes passion with wit. I particularly liked her two love poems written to Husband - such passion! Three poems about an odd woman Arlene which intrigued me. By now you will have gathered she at least one fan!
I don't wonder this book won a prize. Well worth it
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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 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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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 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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on 10 December 2016
Wonderful new person, to me, having located her work first in a recent Penguin Modern Poets edition, that revived series alluding to ones in the 1960s. I sent a copy to a London friend who loved it, told a friend in Berlin to chase it up, and have preordered this lovely poet's next volume.
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on 13 February 2017
brilliant
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on 21 February 2015
Good
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