Poetry Magazine : September : 2009


I don’t care for poetry about poetry, but Don Paterson is one of the better poets working in rhyme : Why do you stay up so late?

The best poem is from Atsuro Riley, who will have his first book published in the Spring of next year.

I like Raymond Chandler so the following lines from David Harsent were enjoyed by me:

they’re bound to meet up in the classic noir,

the private eye, the girl with a shadowy past, the old-style cop,
and it’s nigh-on certain she’ll have to take a bullet
or we’ll see her in prison blue as they lead her to the drop.

Malachi Black has a couple of good ones Drifting at Midday and Insomnia & So On. My favorite line: “Unfasten all the bones// that make a head, and let me rest”


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