Tuesday, May 28, 2013

News at Eleven: Ian Hamilton's Collected Poems, published

in paperback this month, is what the poet, who died at the age of 63 in 2001, sometimes called a "slim vol". The meat of it--the poems he put between hard covers in his lifetime--takes up 62 pages; only one poem, a part-pastiche called "Larkinesque", runs to more than a page. For Hamilton as a "creative" writer, narrowly defined, that was it. "Not much to show for half a lifetime, you might think," he wrote in 1988. "And, in certain moods, I would agree."

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


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