A couple more of my reviews of T.S. Eliot prize shortlisted collections have been posted on the Poetry Book Society’s Poetry Portal: Sean O’Brien’s The Beautiful Librarians and Don Paterson’s 40 Sonnets.
The Beautiful Librarians is a book for our times: the buildings may be clean but the bonds and the money are dirty – we’re all implicated in the grotesque excesses of consumption.
At one level, 40 Sonnets is a needlepoint sampler: to read it is to appreciate Paterson’s mastery of the form. However, Paterson throws the rules away too, leaving us with an extraordinary collection of poems which engage the reader at every level.
- Sean O’Brien at Picador
- Sean O’Brien at the Poetry Archive
- Don Paterson at the Poetry Foundation
- Don Paterson at the Scottish Poetry Library
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