Tuesday, May 15, 2012

News at Eleven: In this, his ninth collection, [Tom] Paulin

often creates the illusion that the poem is being made up as he goes along. Spontaneity is difficult to pull off in poetry but it is a Paulin forté. The casualness is only possible because of the absolute control of form, each poem a windbreak for his words. And there are moments when, like a highwayman, he will leap out and flag himself down, arrest the poem in mid-flow.

from The Guardian: Love's Bonfire by Tom Paulin--review


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