Beautiful Veins by Mal Morgan & Fighting in the Shade by Peter Kocan

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April 2000, no. 219

Beautiful Veins by Mal Morgan

Five Islands Press, $18.95 pb, 64 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

Fighting in the Shade

by Peter Kocan

Hale and Iremonger, $18.95 pb, 72 pp

Beautiful Veins by Mal Morgan & Fighting in the Shade by Peter Kocan

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April 2000, no. 219

In a note to the reader, Mal Morgan tells us that this last, posthumous collection Beautiful Veins – it comes with a CD selected from this and other work – was written during the five months after his being diagnosed with lung cancer. They’re note-taking, note-jotting poems. A sense of someone hurriedly trying to account for and describe his response both to the diagnosis and to the radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments which ensue is uppermost. Strong, disturbing, they’re often ‘I do this, I do that’ (Frank O’Hara’s phrase) confessional poems.

Martin Harrison reviews 'Beautiful Veins' by Mal Morgan and 'Fighting in the Shade' by Peter Kocan

Beautiful Veins

by Mal Morgan

Five Islands Press, $18.95 pb, 64 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

Fighting in the Shade

by Peter Kocan

Hale and Iremonger, $18.95 pb, 72 pp

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