Peter Riley: ‘Loretta Collins Klobah is a highly accomplished poet. The poems in The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman are almost all based in Puerto Rico, where she lives, and narrate its life in a richly figured poetry with “a masterful co-ordination of sound” as Miller describes it. What this means is that you are told “what it’s like here” in a way which exceeds the telling without departing into symbolic distances; the details remain actual but the lyrical resourcefulness gathers a reverberation round them which echoes into anyone’s imaginative theatre, and sometimes, as in the title poem, a dominant figure exceeds any naturalistic identity to become an iconic entity who speaks in chants, but is still inalienably local. “What it’s like here” is a matter of everyday make-do survival in an exotic setting: going to the laundromat, etc., but also police brutality, repressed homosexuality, drug trade murder, the wake of a child killed by a “stray bullet” and a lot of storms. Everything touched on remains what it is and is orchestrated into an exemplary wholeness which is poetry. It is an enhanced telling which I think many talented “mainstream” poets of the West could be doing if only they knew how, or could escape from the current epidemic of interiorisation, or maybe had the living occasion before them.’
Two new ‘raptures‘ by Nigel Wheale: How’s the Mood-Board? and The Omega Point | New poetry by Manash Bhattacharjee | Textuality by Alan Wall. | Recessional and other new poems by Hoyt Rogers. | Grandeur, a new poem by Andrew Jordan. | Alan Wall: ‘The Art of Writing’ and other new poems. | An introduction to Peter Dent and A slanting view of Peter Redgrove by Harry Guest | ‘In close formation’ by Peter Dent | ‘After Argos…’ by Kelvin Corcoran | New poems from Richard Berengarten. | The elegies of Susan Howe by Jaime Robles. | Peter Riley on the poets of the Caribbean. | Alan Wall on Robert Musil’s ‘Essayism and Modernity’. | New Dominican Poetry: ‘El Hombrecito’ – Baez and Pumarol | Nigel Wheale on Thomas Tallis, installed at the Cloisters | A Fortnightly dossier: Remy de Gourmont by Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, John Taylor and Paul Cohen | Three poems by Anthony Costello | Alexander Zubatov on the saving social graces | Alana Shilling-Janoff on art and money and Miami | Jon Thompson: Three new poems. |
POETRY AT THE ROOM
Sunday, July 27 at 7:30pm. 33 Holcombe Rd, Tottenham Hale, London N17. With Anthony Howell.
SHEARSMAN EVENTS & READINGS
· Thursday 16 October 2014, 7:30pm: Jon Thompson and others. Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1.
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2011: Golden-beak in eight parts. By George Basset (H. R. Haxton).
2012: The Invention of the Modern World in 18 parts. By Alan Macfarlane.
2013: Helen in three long parts. By Oswald Valentine Sickert.
The Wellcome Collection: Henry Wellcome’s memento mori. | Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts: Box-fresh in Norwich. | Scottish National Museum: Dolly the sheep in Francis Fowke’s beast. | Writers Museum, Dublin: tat and ephemera.
Poetry of the second person: Robinson and Welch. | Martin Harrison’s pastoral poetry. | Narrative Poetry | Summer’s end 2013: Brief notices. | Poems with zip! | New York poets. | The youth tactic. | Edward Dorn – a two-part review. | What’s happened to ‘working-class’ poetry? | The ‘infinitely expandable’ minimalism of Anthony Barnett. | The prosaic declarations of ‘world poetry’. | Books received: Summer 2012. | Alistair Noon and the English Sonnet. | Peter Hughes and Oystercatcher Press. | Poetry Prize Culture and the Aberdeen Angus. | Denise Riley and the force of bereavement. | Poetry beyond the cults and enclaves.
Four new poems by John Welch. | Peter Hughes: Quite Frankly, a sequence. | Peter Robinson: A portfolio of six new poems. | Alex Houen: Two new poems: ‘Eucalypso Redux’ and ‘Battleships/Romance’. |
Alan Wall: William Blake. | Therianthropes and vents. | Constellations. | Pattern recognition and the periodic table. | Extremities of perception in an age of lenses. | Demotic ritual. | Science and disenchantment. | The self-subversion of the book. | Newton’s prisms. | The Janus face of Metaphor. | Clues and labyrinths. | Ruin, the collector and sad mortality.
Keith Johnson: Deganello’s ‘Torso’ sofa. | Kuramata’s ‘Miss Blanche’ chair. | A silver fruit bowl by Ettore Sottsass. | Pistoletto’s wall lamp. | Franz West’s austere chain lamp | Joseph Kosuth’s dream of Freud’s couch. | Lawrence Weiner’s mythic waste basket. | …and his desk and bench with a message.
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