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Six New Poets

October 2000, no. 225

Why I am Not a Farmer by Brendan Ryan

Six New Poets

October 2000, no. 225

The new books from Ron Pretty’s Five Islands Press are impressive début collections. Importantly, where are the poets taking us? Are there discernible trends? Without generalising excessively, violent themes recur and the poets are interested in how societies transgress their limits. The collections have a narrative or developmental thrust often well served by the ordering of the poems. There is forthrightness; the language is clear, attentive, and contemporary. Best of all, the poems aren’t dull.

Jenny Harrison reviews 7 books of poetry

Why I am Not a Farmer

by Brendan Ryan

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