Literary reviews by Tim Love.
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Saturday, 3 September 2011

"Singer" by Sally Goldsmith (Smith/Doorstep, 2009)

A pamphlet by an ex-songwriter - information which initially and unnecessarily made me wary. In fact, even the title's unmusical - it refers to a make of sewing machine. There's a refreshing agility of approach in these poems - from seemingly biographical sestinas to playful ghazals. I wasn't so taken by the more purely character-based poems like "Down There", and "Out of Joint", preferring the more lingo-savvy "Janice" and "Hare Ghazal". Some of the more promising poems ("Bike", Lil") rather outlast their welcome.

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