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5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Poetry? Start here., 12 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Paperback)
Over 60 poets under 35 or thereabouts - mostly UK, but with a focus on hybrid, Anglo-Hungarian, Americans in London. There's been a glut of anthologies recently but this seems about the most substantial; the age cut off point is just high enough to see some of these poets (Luke Kennard, Chris McCabe for instance) with a track record of achievement across several books. Its a confident, witty, lyrical, varied collection. Nathan Hamilton's introduction is - as previous reviewer said - very McSweeney's but I'm pleased its there: recent books have tended to let the poems talk for themselves without taking a position. This does take a position - some young poets, he says, are excluded because they are writing "old poetry" - but his selection (augmented through a 6-days of separation call out to the poetry community) is not merely based on newness but his eye for a good poem. Why else start with the luminous beauty of Eireann Lorsung's "The Book of Splendor"? At less than the average cost of a first collection this is a must buy from anyone with an interest in contemporary poetry. By giving each poet several pages, or several poems, we get a real sense of the diversity and quality of the contemporary scene - but the book feels like it has been a long time coming; and imagine it will be well pawed on my shelves for a good time to come. I've reviewed it more formally on my blog artoffiction.blogspot.com
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