David McCooey: Outside

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March 2012, no. 339

David McCooey: Outside

Reviewed by
March 2012, no. 339

Fun with flux

Philip Harvey

 

Outside
by David McCooey
Salt Publishing, £9.99 pb, 74 pp, 9781844717590

 

Philip Larkin at thirty-one asked ‘Where can we live but days?’ It shouldn’t take half a lifetime to learn that we have night and day, yet learning how to live with this arrangement, and that this is the arrangement, is something we keep adapting to all our lives. While not a dichotomy, night and day help form the dichotomous nature of our thinking, and inform especially the method of describing and explaining everything that we call poetry. David McCooey has taken this elementary fact as first principle in creating poetry that is by turns accepting and acerbic, buoyant and bothered, carefree and careful. Outside is divided into two studied sections, one coloured by day, the second by night.

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