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.

Thursday, 13 September 2001

"The Age of Cardboard and String" by Charles Boyle (Faber and Faber, 2001)

Once I'd read the book, the blurb made more sense. He makes the most of keeping a weather eye open/ for the humdrum but telling detail -/ the one I could never make up,/ the proof that I tell no lie. I was surprised how many poems worked for me. The striking title piece was my favorite. The notes are required reading. More of the poems could have been set out as prose - 2 already are.

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