Literary reviews by Tim Love.
Warning: Rather than reviews, these are often notes in preparation for reviews that were never finished, or pleas for help with understanding pieces. See Litref Reviews - a rationale for details.

Friday, 4 May 2001

"Conjure" by Michael Donaghy (Picador, 2000)

Certainly has his moments. "Celibates" is imaginative fun and he can do more moving pieces like "Haunts" too, as well as the more experimental "Where is it written that I must end here,". His party-pieces usually work. Between those are some unconventional poems that don't come off for me, and some slighter pieces whose odd bright phrase doesn't save them. Still, poems like "The Drop" keep one reading through the 44 pages of poems (little more than 30 of poetry).

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