Recent reviews of Stress Fractures, The Method and City State

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The latest issue of Horizon Review includes Charlotte Newman’s thoughtful and even-handed review of Stress Fractures: Essays on Poetry: This book presents a thoroughly modern take on how we read poetry, how we hear poetry in other media, and how other media present poetry Luke Kennard‘s essay is “schizo-logical” and “slightly laddish” (!), Ross Sutherland […]

The latest issue of Horizon Review includes Charlotte Newman’s thoughtful and even-handed review of Stress Fractures: Essays on Poetry:

This book presents a thoroughly modern take on how we read poetry, how we hear poetry in other media, and how other media present poetry

Luke Kennard‘s essay is “schizo-logical” and “slightly laddish” (!), Ross Sutherland is “both hilarious and illuminating”; Simon Turner is an “intellectual multi-tasker”, while Sophie Mayer offers “an oblique insight into the eternal enigma that is Emily Dickinson”.

This is a unique book brimming with some wonderful, and indeed weird, critical minds; I’ve seen nothing else quite so current and enlivening on the subject of poetry available at the moment. I can only hope that Tom Chivers will bring out a sequel when the time is right.

Plans are indeed afoot for a sequel in 2012. Full review here.

Over at another excellent online magazine, Rupert Loydell’s Stride, Rob Stanton’s debut collection The Method is given the once-over by Nikolai Duffy.

Splicing between the elliptical and the discursive, the ekphrastic and the idiosyncratic, these sonnets linger long after the last. They are their own world. Relics remain, asking, somehow, for a response, or maybe just a listening.

This review also includes praise for our “attractive and finely produced volume[s]” and designer Henry Simmonds’ “fine cover of washed out canvas”. Full review here.

Also recently published on Stride, Steve Spence’s comprehensive review of City State: New London Poetry. It’s great to see a review of an anthology which engages with every single contributor, rather than just pulling out a few examples. Full review here.

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