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Depends on the ordinary

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October 1993, no. 155

On My Empty Feet by Rhyll McMaster

WHA, $16.95 pb

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

The Catullan Rag by Peter Rose

Picador, $14.95 pb

Depends on the ordinary

by
October 1993, no. 155

Both of these volumes of poetry claim to deal with the ordinary. Peter Rose’s publisher, Picador, states in its back-cover blurb that the author of The Catullan Rag chooses ‘to focus ... sharply on the urban, the everyday, the seemingly ordinary’, while Heinemann suggests that ‘McMaster has a sure ear for the rhythms of everyday speech’. In McMaster’s case it may be true, but Picador’s assessment of Rose, to me, seems far-fetched.

John Foulcher reviews 'The Catullan Rag' by Peter Rose and 'On My Empty Feet' by Rhyll McMaster

On My Empty Feet

by Rhyll McMaster

WHA, $16.95 pb

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

The Catullan Rag

by Peter Rose

Picador, $14.95 pb

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