Category Archive: Review

LYRIC MEDIUMS: Kate Bush’s ‘How To Be Invisible’

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Kate Bush How To Be Invisible (Faber, 2018) by Becky Varley-Winter In her lyrics to ‘The Sensual World’, Kate Bush draws inspiration from Molly Bloom, the ‘Penelope’ figure and ‘mountain flower’ whose orgasm… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2018: Richard Price

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Amy Chazkel, Laws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Urban Public Life (Duke University Press, 2011) I have been interested in Brazil since a school project in primary school. And… Continue reading

FROM MECHANISMS, TOWARDS THE HUMAN BODY: ALISON GRAHAM REVIEWS TIMOTHY OGENE’S ‘DESCENT & OTHER POEMS’

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Timothy Ogene Descent & Other Poems (Deerbrook Editions, 2016) Review by Alison Graham The word descent encompasses many possibilities, affording breadth as well as depth. What kind is happening here? The word might… Continue reading

PARTIAL SYMMETRIES: Norah Lange’s ‘People in the Room’ and Carla Maliandi’s ‘The German Room’

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Norah Lange, People in the Room, translated by Charlotte Whittle (And Other Stories, 2018) Carla Maliandi, The German Room, translated by Frances Riddle (Charco Press, 2018) By Rebecca DeWald “Reality is partial to… Continue reading

REVIEW, BUT NOT REALLY A REVIEW: EDWARD O’DWYER READS ALI WHITELOCK’S ‘AND MY HEART CRUMPLES LIKE A COKE CAN’

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Ali Whitelock, and my heart crumples like a coke can (Wakefield Press, 2018) Review by Edward O’Dwyer When you first pick up a copy of and my heart crumples like a coke can you’ll… Continue reading

FALLING FOR THE ORIENT ALL OVER AGAIN: Mathias Enard’s ‘Compass’

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Mathias Enard, Compass, translated by Charlotte Mandell (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) By Defne Çizakça Compass, which won the Prix Goncourt in 2015, is the story of Franz Ritter, a Viennese musicologist suffering from a mysterious… Continue reading

OLD ECCENTRICS. PATHETIC HIPPIES: Subversion and Ecology in Olga Tokarczuk’s ‘Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead’

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Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018) By Marta Dziurosz Olga Tokarczuk is a prophetess – a semi-serious suggestion to that effect was… Continue reading

AESTHETICS OF THE CREPUSCULAR: Esther Kinsky’s ‘River’, trans. by Iain Galbraith

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Esther Kinsky, River, trans. by Iain Galbraith (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018) By Daniel Davis Wood Only a few pages into Esther Kinsky’s River, I began to anticipate a very particular word. Sure enough, fifty or… Continue reading

LEANING TOWARDS ECOSEXUAL: Greta Gaard’s ‘Critical Ecofeminism’

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ECOCRITICISM NOW: The essays, reviews, and poetry collected in this thread trace responses to the interlinked terms nature, ecology, and ecocriticism, all of which have come to occupy increasingly important roles in a… Continue reading

‘AH ASKT YI YIR NAME’: GRAHAM FULTON’S ‘CIRCULATION’

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Graham Fulton, Circulation (Clochoderick Press, 2018) By Morag McDowell-Smith Graham Fulton has been a well known figure on the Scottish poetry scene for over thirty years, writing and performing poetry since the 1980s, when he joined… Continue reading

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