Review by Dzifa Benson in Tears in the Fence No 58 Winter 2013/14
Son of a Shoemaker by Linda Black
“These poems sit squarely in the realm of experimental not just because they are prose poems…the poems are best gauged in a cumulative fashion, as one would do with a piece of music where the whole adds up to more than the sum of its parts. The rewards of approaching the collection in this way become more apparent on re-reading….It begins to dawn on the reader just how clever the poet has been….When this realisation is added to the rich visual imagery contained in lines like ‘A piece of glass no bigger than a tile inserted itself in a morsel of sky’ makes for very satisfactory, revealing reading especially when you dip into the poems again and again.” Full review available in Tears in the Fence.
The Wolf Inside
Coming January 2014
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Anthony Howell in ‘Fortnightly Review’ on Donald Gardner’s ‘Wolf Inside’
“Until now we have had to rely on chap-books to find Gardner’s work. He has lived in Holland for the last twenty-five years and is well known as a translator of Dutch writing, while his own poetry has been marginalised – I’d like to say “inexplicably”, but it’s clear as daylight: Back in the early seventies, Gardner was associated with “the beats”. His poetry was open, free, performative – not at all to the taste of the UK poetry establishment – which is closed, enslaved and wedded to the page. Gardner’s verse remains free. The form follows the cadences of a speaking voice, but actually it deftly espouses a tightness which is pretty economical. Every word counts, but Gardner camouflages his thriftiness in dry wit and, when you hear him read he captivates you immediately, for the poems are perfectly accessible and delivered with a stentorian intonation that reminds me of recordings by Ezra Pound.”
Could he be the author of Hearing Eye’s A Thorn in the Flesh? Could he be the subject of a book by Sebastian Barker? Could he be the well-known editor of the literary journal Aquarius? Find out by listening to the Scottish Poetry Library‘s recently recorded podcast here.
See here for Eve Pearce’s Woman in Winter published by Hearing Eye in the Guardian‘s Theatre blog with Lyn Gardner.
Free Verse 2013 will be held on Saturday 7th September, 10am-5pm, at Conway Hall i London. Put the date in your diary! Entry is free. In the evening we will be adjourning to the Square Pig & Pen pub, opposite the hall, for poetry and socialising!
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Free Verse is an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers both large and small, both experimental and traditional, display and sell their work direct to the public.
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A portrait by Gerald Mangan is on the cover of Eddie Linden’s A Thorn in the Flesh. In another vein his caricature work can be seen at
The Poetry Café,
22 Betterton Street, covent garden, London
15 Jul – 17 Aug 2013
An exhibition of portraits of poets, from Keats to Ashbery and Yeats to Jamie, by the former resident cartoonist of Poetry Review.
John Keats by Gerald Mangan.
Gerald Mangan’s elegant caricatures first appeared regularly in The Scotsman during the 1980s. He later became resident illustrator for Poetry Review, which originally commissioned many of the drawings in this exhibition. He has drawn for The Guardian, TLS and Le Monde. His work is in the collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and he has recently been illustrating his own literary parodies in the Scottish Review of Books.
“Ought to better known than they are… witty portraits.” (TLS)
Works are for sale.
Gerald Mangan is a playwright, journalist and translator, as well as a poet and painter. His collection Waiting for the Storm was published by Bloodaxe; his stage plays include Crying Wolf. He is a former writer-in-residence at Dundee College of Art and Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh.
“There’s a feeling here of a debut poet ringing the changes, demonstrating a whole variety of abilities, including the obligatory sestina. There’s also a strong central core of poems with a clear, unique ‘voice’. I’d say this poet is going somewhere.” Helena Nelson
Linda Black’s drawings for her recently published book, The Son of a Shoemaker, are being exhibited at The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London. Up until 27 April 2013.
Billy Mills on The Son of a Shoemaker, Sabotage Reviews, March 2013.