Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Great Regulars: The verse of Love's Bonfire appear to lollop

down the page, paused only by the dashes that tack to the left margin. This distinctive appearance does indeed mark an unusual way of going on; but not a lack of control. Looping thought deftly catches itself up through reflexive side-swipes. "Donegal Näif" honours the painter James Dixon, but [Tom] Paulin doesn't footnote the reference, allowing the poem to earn its keep through lyric transformation: "--if you think the paint his brush applies/to tacked canvas on this island/looks slightly wonky/then your taste's rotten/it's completely awry".

from Fiona Sampson: The Independent: Love's Bonfire, By Tom Paulin


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