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Re: was admired by us all, although initially we were put off by the displays of cleverness: Greek titles, unecessary notes explaining a poem’s connection with French philosphers and references showing off knowledge. However the language of the poetry was rich and fresh, they read well aloud, and they interested and surprised us. The use of spacing in the poems caused a bit of debate: they seemed not to denote length of pauses but were more used for aesthetic effect. This worked well in ‘la brishure’ – the hinge (where the space bisecting the middle of the poem provided a hinge of sorts) – and in other places the spacing created a sense of urban space: of gaps and discordance in keeping with the atmosphere of the poems. At other times some felt the spacing was incongruent with the poems intentions. Re: was more than a sum of its parts and we enjoyed it as a whole collected work despite its diminutive size. The poems move from Paris to London to America and at times these places feel lonely; the ‘wish you were here’ in the last poem seemed heart-felt.

Nest is a beautiful produced, handmade pamphlet that we all enjoyed the shape and look and feel of. The illustrations were simple prints that didn’t detract from the writing and in fact (although I’m not a fan of illustrated poems) definately added to the work, with storybook quality. The poetry was presented as fragments, sometimes as short as one line – musings or aphorisms – and some developed into short poems. The theme and illustrations helped make the book a coherent whole. An introduction attempts to explain the starting point for this project, and suggests a possible symbolism for nests as: abandoned homes and lost villages; these ideas are hinted at in some poems but never fully explored. Perhaps there is room for a further, longer, collection…

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