Literary reviews by Tim Love.
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Sunday, 18 October 2009

"The Book of Love" by Roddy Lumsden (Bloodaxe, 2000)

Many neat pieces with some variety - "An Older Woman" has 14 lines all ending with an "er" sound; "Love's Young Dream" is a sonnet (that depends heavily on the punchline), etc. Shorts like "For the Birds" and "The Twelth Kind" work well for me. He breaks into prose-format when appropriate though maybe not enough - "East of Eden" is prose dressed as Sonnet, and "Bellyful" is prose with a beat. I didn't get "The Beginning of the End" or "Lullaby". I was puzzled by "The Boyhood of Fulcanelli" until I discovered the notes at the end of the book. I liked the longer "Sweltering" ("the body's just a cinema for genes"), though the notes say that "the parts were originally written so as to be read in any sequence"

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