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Hical The Sandpit after Rain explores the birth of a child and the loss of a father with exacting clarity In Three Poems readers will experience Sullivan's work with the same exhilaration as they might the great modernizing poems of Eliot and Pound but with the uniue perspective of a brilliant new female voic. Nah didn t dig it bruv

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Ng in New York captures a great American city in all its alluring detail It is a wry and tender study of romantic possibility disappointment and the obduracy of innocence Repeat until Time begins with a move to California and unfolds into an essay on repetition and returning home at once personal and philosop. Three brilliant exuisite and formally elegant poems which I ve been reading and re reading for a few months already She is an academic as well as the poet She has been just rewarded TS Elliot s prize totally deservedly imho stands out for me in a jungle of modern poetry Totally recommend

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Winner of the TS Eliot Prize One of Bustle's Most Anticipated Poetry Collections for Hannah Sullivan’s debut collection is a revelation – three long poems of fresh ambition intensity and substance Though each poem stands apart their inventive and looping encounters make for a compelling unity You Very You. This I thought was absolutely brilliant three long thoughtful poems full of deep thinking and beautiful phrasing unified by the same light clever tone There s a certain neomodernist uality to the writing especially in its conception the expansive structure stanzas calling to each other across the pages which brings to mind Pound or Eliot especially of the Four uartets I don t really like those poets very much finding them too cold too rebarbative but what they did have is flawless formal control coupled with a kind of intellectual brilliance things which aren t always much in evidence in modern poetry Hannah Sullivan has it thoughThe first poem You Very Young in New York opens with a beautiful catenation of tercets playing off strange half rhymes cleanses eventual tooth truer so that you feel straight away that you are in the hands of someone who knows what they re doing This modulates into something prosodically blanker with long polysyllabic lines full of elbow room and full also of startling little images of the city the building opposite at night the lights Going off one by one a diminished Mondrian Though the setting is New York the voice is identifiably English this Englishness will come centre stage later in the book with references to the Telegraph Sunday lunches The Magic Faraway Tree but for now it just registers as a certain outsider uality in the descriptions of the city a few uirks of vocabulary and perhaps a particular tone that gave me pangs of recognition straight awaySullivan is great at skewering the hipster conformism of New York with its ludicrous cocktails including one made from porter coffee rum and Brachetto d Acui that can only be written in Chinese and its received opinions You are slightly disappointed in Obama s domestic policy You think the great American novelist is David Foster Wallace That policy Wallace is another of Sullivan s half rhyme specials which never jangle in the brain but just catch subconsciously so that everything feels like it has hidden structure Earlier in that section is an even crazier example where we are eavesdropping on workers in a Manhattan officeThings are illiuid freezing up Light is abortiveOn the greyscale Park It s time to short the fucking marketHere the vowel assonances mean that abortive is somehow made into a compressed concertinaed rhyme for short the fucking market whoo ee She s also very good on sex bad sex ill advised sex with exes the bad banana taste of Durex on your tongue and similar details It s a virtuoso performanceIn the other poems the point of view is older and wearier Repeat Until Time is an essay about the cyclic nature of existenceDays may be where we live but mornings are eternityThey wake us and every day waking is absurdity All the things you just did yesterday to do over again eternallyThe clench of tonsil on extra tonsil is an oyster only onceOnce the blood and itch of broken skin and afterwards indifferenceThe boredom of the weeping aromatic bedsores only onceBut forever fumbling for the snooze button the gym is thereForever and the teeth silt over yellow to be flossed and thereWill be in eternity coffee to be brewed and that moment in the showerWhen you open your mouth and rhotacise the water and just stand thereStupid bliss of hot water tongue tingling steaming the showerRhotacise the water I love this The final poem The Sandpit After Rain moves this circularity forward to look at birth of the poet s son and death of her father united by the setting of a hospital Again it is full of striking collocations and imagery Think how suffering is unanimated The iron filings of the laughter lines unmagnetised The three poems play off each other in interesting ways and demand to be reread I thought they were very inspiring a total delight


10 thoughts on “Three Poems

  1. says:

    This I thought was absolutely brilliant three long thoughtful poems full of deep thinking and beautiful phrasing unified by the same light clever tone There's a certain neomodernist uality to the writing especially in its conception – the expansive structure stanzas calling to each other across the pages – which brings to mind Pound or Eliot especially of the Four uartets I don't really like those poets ver

  2. says:

    A series of formally ambitious wry long poems alternately exploring love birth and death through the lens of daily life; the writing’s clever and covers a wide range of themes from the loss of a father to the experience

  3. says:

    When I saw her give a reading at the Faber Spring Party Sullivan described her book as a hybrid work of poem essays That makes it so

  4. says:

    In the second of these three poems Repeat Until Time Sullivan describes Shelley as Another dubious rhyming poet she rails against his misogyny saying Both of his marriages had failed He was about to die He was cruel In the following

  5. says:

    Three brilliant exuisite and formally elegant poems which I ve been reading and re reading for a few months already She is an academic as well as the poet She has been just rewarded TS Elliot’s prize totally deservedly imho stands out for me in a jungle of modern poetry Totally recommend

  6. says:

    This is a captivating collection of three long poems that tell stories in a kind of new modernist way mixing the tiny detail of modern life with poetic images and references to the past 'You Very Young in New York' feels like an updated Beat Poet type narrative from a modern female perspective 'Repeat Until Time' muses on different things but focuses on coming home and 'The Sandpit After Rain' is a detailed look at childbirth and parental l

  7. says:

    Nah didn't dig it bruv

  8. says:

    Enjoyed parts of it but this is no poetry

  9. says:

    Well that was disappointing This collection looked like a fairly elouent and intelligent one from afar given the author's training and her awards But it kind of lacked all that Or perhaps I just don't like reading about sex pregnancy and New York filthFrom You very young in New York And walking out of the house into a world overwhelmed with

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    So we remember the courage of street cleanersBecause of the hopelessness of their workAnd house painters in seaside townsAnd the charity of shift workers in hospital car parksBecause they sit drinking tea and smokingAnd do not care for fining the dyingAnd the bonhomie of Manhattan psychicsSuatting in their basements lit li

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