Tower Poetry Reviews 2004–2014: selected and introduced by Peter McDonald
Tower Poetry’s website has hosted reviews of new volumes of verse (although by no means everything has been covered: 126 reviews over a decade isn’t all that many) but Tower has hosted some exceptionally interesting and searching pieces of criticism over the ten years, and provided a platform on which a number of emerging critical talents could find their feet.
Introduction: Matthew Sperling - John Fuller, Ghosts; Olivia Cole - Alan Jenkins, A Shorter Life; Alan Gillis - David Herd, Mandelson! Mandelson! A Memoir; Frances Leviston - Lucy Newlyn, Ginnel; Fiona Sampson - U.A. Fanthorpe, Collected Poems 1978-2003; Mishtooni Bose - Helen Farish, Intimates; Frances Leviston - Carol Ann Duffy, Rapture; April Warman - Geoffrey Hill, Without Title; Stephen Burt - Seamus Heaney, District and Circle; Peter McDonald - Simon Armitage, Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid; Jeremy Noel-Tod - Paul Farley, Tramp in Flames; Matthew Sperling- Charles Tomlinson, Cracks in the Universe; John Redmond - Marilyn Hacker, Essays on Departure; Fran Brearton - Paul Muldoon, Horse Latitudes; Stephen Burt - Louise Glück, Averno; Tim Kendall - David Wheatley, Mocker; April Warman - John Burnside, Gift Songs; Mishtooni Bose - Ian Duhig, The Speed of Dark; Matthew Sperling - Fiona Sampson, Common Prayer; Alan Gillis - Nick Laird, On Purpose; Peter McDonald - Alan Gillis, Hawks and Doves; Jane Griffiths - Frances Leviston, Public Dream; Anna Lewis - Ciaran Carson, For All We Know; Simon Pomery - Michael Hofmann, Selected Poems; John Lyon - Mick Imlah, The Lost Leader and Robert Crawford, Full Volume; Vidyan Ravinthiran - Colette Bryce, Self-Portrait in the Dark; Miriam Gamble - Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Not in These Shoes; Nicholas Pierpan - Mark Doty, Theories and Apparitions; Fran Brearton - Leontia Flynn, Drives; C.E.J. Simons - Alice Oswald, Weeds and Wild Flowers; Miriam Gamble - Jane Draycott, Over; Jane Holland -Billy Collins, Ballistics; William Wootten - John Ashbery, Planisphere; Peter McDonald - Christopher Ricks, True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound; Maria Johnston - Seamus Heaney, Human Chain; Sarah Bennett - Paul Muldoon, Maggot; Chloe Stopa-Hunt - David Harsent, Night; David Wheatley - Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts, Edgelands: Journeys into England’s True Wilderness and Harriet Tarlo (ed) The Ground Aslant: An Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry; Vidyan Ravinthiran - Bernard O'Donoghue, Farmers Cross; Maria Johnston - Sean O'Brien, November; Tess Somervell - Roddy Lumsden and Eloise Stonborough (eds),The Salt Book of Younger Poets; C.E.J. Simons - Simon Armitage (trs), The Death of King Arthur; Peter McDonald - Geoffrey Hill, Clavics and Odi Barbare; David Wheatley - Fiona Sampson, Beyond the Lyric: A Map of Contemporary British Poetry; Stephen Romer - Clive James, Nefertiti in the Flak Tower; Richard O'Brien - Caroline Bird, The Hat-Stand Union; and 4 more.


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