Literary reviews by Tim Love.
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Monday, 28 November 2005

"Scattering Eva" by James Sheard (Cape, 2005)

Beyond me. Nothing remotely crass, and many phrases worth quoting. But even then, some clinching images puzzle me. Here's the final couplet of "Tender"

These nights, I wedge my gut to the mattress side.
Snores slide like pinecones between my teeth.

1 comment:

  1. James Sheard's territory is European as well as Little England. He can handle tonalities well, and that includes understatement and self-deprecation, as in the quote. Listen to him, read him. Whatever you do, do not dismiss him, or pass him off with a few lines.