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Peter Hughes: Allotment Architecture

Allotment Architecture, recently published by Reality Street, contains five separate sequences, ‘Lynn Deeps’, ‘Behoven’, ‘Site Guide’, ‘18’ and ‘Berlioz’. It is the fifteen pieces of ‘Site Guide’ that I wish to hold in focus here. Published in 2011 by The Arthur Shilling Press this group of poems had a subtitle, ‘(many days out in england & wales)’ but when the sequence was included in this new collection this was replaced by an epigraph, ‘for Heine, and the Caravan Club’.

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Date: 15 March 2014

James Fenton: Yellow Tulips

Reading James Fenton’s collected poems of over 40 years is a masterclass in the varying uses to which regular rhythms can be put. The obtrusive metres act as something of a through-line for this substantial selection. Sometimes they result in poems that bounce along like tennis balls, drawing attention by contrast to the rough terrain that they skip over. 

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Date: 15 March 2014

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