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Tom Jenks’ new title, A Long and Hard Night Troubled by Visions reviewed in Litter Magazine by Steve Spence

15 Aug

I love Tom Jenks’ poetry, it’s so playful and often hilariously funny yet there’s more going on beneath the surface than you might at first imagine. 

Go read more at the Litter website. Go on! – Here – http://leafepress.com/litter11/spence6/spence6.html

Peter Jaeger’s A Field Guide to Lost Things reviewed at Stride by Steve Spence

8 Aug


I read through the whole text in one go and have dipped in a few times since and found the experience very pleasurable and stimulating. Whether or not this will induce me to read Proust ‘properly’ is a moot point

LINK to read more

Nathan Walker’s Action Score Generator reviewed by Steve Spence at Stride

18 Apr

Here’s an indication that the avant-garde, for want of a more reliable term, can have a sense of humour as well as being exploratory and innovative. Nathan Walker’s new book is a splendid tome, 600 poems, a poem per page, each centred in upper case type.

You can read more HERE

And in case you haven’t purchased, do so HERE


Chrissy Williams’ Epigraphs reviewed by Steve Spence at Stride

9 May

Chrissy Williams if p then q collection Epigraphs gets a good mention in Steve Spence’s reviews round up in the latest batch of Stride reviews.

Clearly an interest in popular culture and the advent of the internet is combined here with a more ‘high-art’ tendency though the barriers appear to have totally broken down. Leaving aside the aforementioned ‘thematically-based texts’ there are some interesting juxtapositions at play, and juxtaposition – as well as choice – is clearly an important tool when working with existing materials.


Items reviewed by Steve Spence at Stride

20 Dec

This is poetry which is both ‘serious’ and ‘funny’ and Jenks is even more  aware than I am of the possibilities which can emerge from the ‘careful’ use  of quotation marks – [213]  ‘it is hard to ‘argue’ that ‘this’ is  ‘poetry” . Jenks is a cracking writer and great fun as well.