Tuesday, May 15, 2012

News at Eleven: "Fuel" is the simple, simply told story

of a springtime encounter with an old woman who is bringing in wood to see her through the next winter and determinedly refuses the narrator's offer of help. The next time he passes her house, it's obvious that she hasn't survived to finish the job. The poet's awareness of an all-embracing chain of such stories, of which this is an unexceptional example, is what grants it pathos, though in the end it's the individual tale that gives emotional meaning to the broader canvas:

from The Guardian: Voluntary by Adam Thorpe--review


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