Literary reviews by Tim Love.
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

"Ten poems about bicycles", Jenny Swann (ed), Candlestick Press, 2009

Poems by Donaghy, Mahon, Helena Nelson et al in a pamphlet sold with an envelope. It's part of a series that has sold well, I believe. They're easy for the seller to deal with, and easy presents to buy and deliver; something a bit different costing not much more than a posh card.

Poets like sitting in trains and waiting at stations, writing while they do so. Some formalist poets think lines up while walking with a measured gait. Cycling's a mode of transport that appeals to poets, but bicycles haven't received so much coverage in poetry. Donaghy's "Machines" is my favourite from this pamphlet. About half of the others are ok.

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