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Monday, 8 October 2012

School of Forgery reviewed in Poetry London


The Autumn issue of Poetry London carries a very generous review of School of Forgery by Alison Brackenbury. Choice extracts:

"Should young poets learn to shorten their books? I hope that Jon Stone will not. School of Forgery, though replete with contemporary reference, remains old-fashioned in its rich sprawl." 

"Bold coinages and leaps of thought leave Stone's poems echoing, beyond novelties of physical description, into new spaces in the mind."

"These intricate collages flash with moving lines ... They retain all of Stone's ingenious energy ..."

"... I have never seen well-written poetry in such a brilliant visual joke as Stone's Avengers silhouettes."

(For anyone wondering, I have no plans to shorten my books. In fact, I think they might get longer. Ideally, long enough for the page corners to be used to carry a flickbook animation.)

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