Tuesday, March 19, 2013

News at Eleven: Yet these sorrowing, hard-bitten poems

about dying fathers, mad wives and the rigours of the writing life, darkly impressive and moving as they are, get added force from a wider myth around [Ian] Hamilton, a myth in which their scarcity is the point. That myth--a skein of Grub Street lore involving booze, women, football, bailiffs and high-handed interactions with figures ranging from Stephen Spender to Ian McEwan--is also brooded over, sometimes covertly, sometimes less so, in his writings in prose, which are extensive, clever and very funny.

from The Telegraph: Ian Hamilton's collected poems are a source of wonder, review


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