Cyclone Reviewed in London Grip

Cyclone has all the technical skill and emotional strength of a book written by a poet at the height of his abilities…”

-Adele Ward, London Grip

Poet and academic Adele Ward takes a critical eye to the form, themes, and emotional undercurrents of Cyclone in her latest review for London Grip.

She praises both its craft and handling of emotionally difficult subject matter, and even picks up on obscure references I feared would be all but lost on most readers (such as the Tasmanian devil cartoon and Judy Garland’s opioid exploitation).

It is heartening to encounter any reader so invested in undestanding the work, let alone one willing to set down their ideas so thoughtfully.

You can read the full review on the London Grip website.

The Knowledge Gets a Grip (and a Shearing)

London GripD A Prince takes firm hold of The Knowledge, examining constituent parts and unifying threads, in a new review for London Grip.

She calls it “complex”, full of “subtle questioning”, which is what she likes best. She also praises the new format of the Nine Arches book itself, concluding, “Peake is lucky with his publisher  —  and they are lucky to have him on their list.” I do feel lucky indeed.

You can read the full review on London Grip.

Whereas Prince found the middle section least in tune with the rest, Geoff Sawers hacks away at the final section of the book in a brief write-up for Shearsman Review. He tempers his dislike of the London poems with the idea that, “Poetry is not about averages; it’s more like the High Jump, where your best one counts.” “Last Gasp”, for him, is that one that counts, and “soars”.

As reviews and comments roll in, both in public and private, it would seem that I have written a book that is one part a kind of poetry anthology penned by my multiple selves, one part Rorschach test for its readership. Some days it feels like everyone’s an editor (and they don’t always agree), yet on a more positive note, it would seem that there is truly something for everyone in this book.

What do you think? If you’ve been provoked by The Knowledge, I’d love to read your thoughts in a user review on Goodreads or Amazon.

Two Poems in London Grip

English RobinI am delighted to have two wingèd poems in London Grip, alongside many other fine works and reviews. The timing is rather perfect — just yesterday on our afternoon walk, we heard the Autumn song of the English Robin, staking out his territory for the long Winter ahead.

I have recorded audio versions of the two poems, which you can listen to below, then proceed to read the text in the Autumn 2013 issue of London Grip, where you will no doubt be roped in to further reading by the many excellent poems in this issue. You have been warned.

<a href="" target="_blank">Click here to listen to "Seraphim" on SoundCloud</a>

Click here to read “Seraphim” on London Grip

<a href="" target="_blank">Click here to listen to "Robin" on SoundCloud</a>

Click here to read “Robin” on London Grip