Saturday 23 September 2017

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Dennis O’Driscoll’s Update | Friday Pick

  Update: Poems 2011-2012 By Dennis O'Driscoll Anvil Press Poetry 2014, 64 pp Death never seemed to stray far from the attention of...
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Stephen Burt

Stephen Burt’s The Poem Is You | Friday Pick

Burt’s new book is an intriguing hybrid – anthology, introduction, and critical study all at once.

Víťo Staviarsky, Balla, Uršuľa Kovalyk, Michal Hvorecký and Pavel Vilikovský.

Slovak Fiction Week: Into the Spotlight

Try to ask even a very well-read English-speaking literary type to name a Slovak writer and you will likely be met with a blank stare. "Well, Milan Kundera was from Czechoslovakia . . . does that count?"

Caitríona O’Reilly

Talking Silence: Caitriona O’Reilly’s Geis | Friday Pick

O’Reilly’s intriguingly obscure poems offer peeks into the unspoken and wilfully ignored aspects of being.

Cathal McCabe

Friday Pick: Cathal McCabe’s Outer Space

The most powerful poems in McCabe’s belated debut are arguably those that subtly twist traditional form and subject matter.

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Friday Pick: Zinovy Zinik’s Beast of Artek

Zinik’s latest novel combines Cold War-era journalism with a dash of the Russian mystical-fantastical.

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Friday Pick Classics: The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish By Joshua Weiner

The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish shows a range of forms, modes, and concerns. These poems make profundity exciting.

Nick Demske

Friday Pick Classics: Nick Demske by Nick Demske

The core of Demske's strength lies in his dextrous and conscious use of language - both quotidian and profane

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Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong | Friday Pick

These poems are elegantly devastating. The threatening beauty suggested by the title is not so much the theme of the collection as it is a primary tenet of Vuong's poetic vision.

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Story Book By Douglas Piccinnini | Friday Pick

Story Book gives an indication of what might happen when a novel is written from a poet's point of view. It is a book of beginnings, a collection of stories that do not end.

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