Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Published Reviews and Critical Works

Below is a list of my reviews of contemporary poetry collections and novels that have been published to date or are forthcoming.


Guardian profile (details of poetry reviews published in Guardian Review)

'Dream Testicles and Memphis Guilt', review of Mark Strand's Almost Invisible and Don Share's Union, Poetry Review Vol. 104 No. 1 (forthcoming)

Review of Nick Laird's Go Giants, The Edinburgh Review (forthcoming)

'A case of After', review of Glyn Maxwell's Pluto, Times Literary Supplement, 13 December 2013

'Love of disorder', review of David Herd's All Just, Times Literary Supplement, 15 March 2013

'At least to resist', review of James Lasdun's Water Sessions, Times Literary Supplement, No 5723, 7 December 2012

Review of Andrew Jamison's Happy Hour, Times Literary Supplement, No 5719, 9 November 2012

Review of Phil Brown's Il Avilit, Times Literary Supplement, No 5711, 14 September 2012

'Mean streets and wetland choirs', review of Dan Burt's We Look Like This, Times Literary Supplement, No 5706, 10 August 2012

'Paths Of Resistance', review of John Kinsella's Armour and Timothy Donnelly's The Cloud Corporation, Poetry Review, Vol. 102 No. 1, March 2012

Review of Jacob Sam-La Rose's Breaking Silence, Times Literary Supplement, No 5695, 25 May 2012

Review of Will Eaves's Sound Houses, Times Literary Supplement, No 5680, 10 February 2012

Review of D. Nurkse's Voices Over Water, Times Literary Supplement, No 5664, 21 October 2011

Review of Paul Henry's The Brittle Sea: New and Selected Poems, Joel Lane's The Autumn Myth, and David Morley's Enchantment, Times Literary Supplement, No 5651, 22 July 2011

Review of Alan Gillis's Here Comes the Night and Jane Duran's Graceline, Times Literary Supplement, No 5638, 22 April 2011

Review of Sam Willetts's New Light for the Old Dark and John Whale's Waterloo Teeth, Times Literary Supplement, No 5630, 25 February 2011

Review of Adam O'Riordan's In the Flesh, Times Literary Supplement, No 5617, 26 November 2010

Review of Katharine Towers' The Floating Man, Guardian, 11 September 2010

'Dozens of Dennises', review of Simon Armitage's Seeing Stars, Times Literary Supplement, No 5613, 29 October 2010

'Reflection in earnest', review of Robin Robertson's The Wrecking Light, Times Literary Supplement, No 5603/04, 20 & 27 August 2010

Review of Glyn Maxwell’s Hide Now, Stand, Vol 9 (4), August 2010

'A Wide Compass', review of Jeremy Reed's West End Survival Kit, Michael Schmidt's Collected Poems, Jenny Joseph's Nothing like Love, Carolyn Jess-Cooke's Inroads, and Sheenagh Pugh's Later Selected Poems, Poetry Review, Vol. 100 No. 2, July 2010

Review of Sian Hughes's The Missing, Times Literary Supplement, No 5590, 21 May 2010

Review of Tony Williams's The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street, Times Literary Supplement, No 5584, 9 April 2010

Review of Imtiaz Dharker's Leaving Fingerprints, Jane Ormerod's Recreational Vehicles on Fire, and Sally Festing's Salaams, Magma, Issue 46, March 2010

Review of Lorraine Mariner's Furniture and Carrie Etter's The Tethers, Times Literary Supplement, No 5575, 5 February 2010

Review of Hilary Menos's Berg, New Welsh Review, No 87, Spring 2010

Review of Ros Barber's Material, PN Review 191, Vol. 36 No. 3, January-February 2010

Reviews of Mark Waldron's The Brand New Dark and John F. Deane's A Little Book of Hours, Times Literary Supplement, No 5568/69, 18 & 25 December 2009

Review of Alison Brackenbury's Singing in the Dark, Claire Crowther's The Clockwork Gift, and Matthew Welton's 'We needed coffee but...', Magma, Issue 45, November 2009

Reviews of Emma Jones's The Striped World and Kevin Hart's Young Rain, Times Literary Supplement, No 5559, 16 October 2009

Review of Jacob Polley's Talk of the Town, Times Literary Supplement, No 5541, 12 June 2009

Review of Mark Doty's Theories and Apparitions, John Agard's Clever Backbone, and Rob A Mackenzie's The Opposite of Cabbage, Magma, Issue 44, June 2009

Review of Colette Bryce’s Self-Portrait in the Dark, Stand, Vol 9 (1), June 2009

‘Glistening as it vanishes’, review of Maura Dooley’s Life Under Water, Times Literary Supplement, No 5529, 20 March 2009

‘A Desire to Share’, review of Christopher Middleton’s Collected Poems, Poetry Review, Vol. 98 No. 4, December 2008

‘New Trainers’, review of Moniza Alvi’s Split World: Poems 1990-2005 and Europa, Times Literary Supplement, No.5505, 3 October 2008

‘In Brief’ review of Stephanie Norgate’s Hidden River, Times Literary Supplement, No.5504, 26 September 2008

Review of Paul Abbott’s Flood, Tower Poetry, June 2008


Review of Jean Sprackland’s Tilt, Tower Poetry, January 2008


Review of Nick Laird's On Purpose, The Stinging Fly, Issue 8 Vol. 2, Winter 2007/08


Review of Tim Turnbull's Stranded in Sub-Atomica (Eyewear)


Review of Jacob Polley's Little Gods (The Poem)




Also forthcoming is the following in-depth critical-biographical essay:

“Nick Laird.” - a critical biographical essay. British Writers, Supplement XVII. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson-Gale. Due December 2010.



I also write critical perspectives of poets for the British Council's Contemporary Writers website database. Below is a list of authors whose critical perspectives I have completed to date, with appropriate links.


John Agard

Simon Armitage

David Constantine
Julia Copus

Robert Crawford

Leontia Flynn

Jen Hadfield

Michael Hofmann

Mick Imlah

Nick Laird

Patrick McGuinness

Daljit Nagra

Don Paterson

Tom Paulin

Maurice Riordan

Carol Rumens

Penelope Shuttle

Zoe Skoulding

Greta Stoddart

Hugo Williams

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

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