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Two new but stale collections offer joyless caricatures of passion.
Sullivan and Smith have little in common, but both are creating urgent, skilful work.
Although very different poets, Hutchinson and Flynn have each written books that ask difficult questions about lineage.
New books from the two writers reject the conventional collection-of-poems format.
The NS reviews Bergin’s The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx, along with collections by Nick Makoha and Stephen Romer.
Paul Batchelor reviews his Night Sky with Exit Wounds, plus new works from Adam O’Riordan and Colette Bryce.
Three new collections of poetry – by Emily Berry, Jacob Polley and Luke Kennard – test the limits of the lyric and of writing the self in extremis.
Three sophisticated collections explore the paradox of poetry.
However long a poet struggles to establish a style that answers the questions of form, voice, tone or subject haunting his imagination, the real work begins after the discovery is made.