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ANDREW SHAW: PAPER LAMPSHADE HOTEL
Leafe Press
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Chilwell
Nottingham, NG9 6RW
UK
ISBN 0 9537634 0 4
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ANDREW SHAW: PAPER LAMPSHADE HOTEL

This is a remarkable sequence of love poems. Shaw has mapped his emotional landscape with a unique and unforced style. Most poets wait years before they can write publishable love poems; poems that aren't drowned at birth in tears of anguish or adoration, littered with wet cliches and bent-over-backwards rhyme. These poems articulate, brilliantly, those raging tides of emotion that have swept through the lives of most young men at one time or another. These are modem poems - though if Brooke had been born in 1973 and not 1887 he might have written similarly: from POWDER THE FLIGHT OF MOTHS

	in the singe and snap of light and bum, 
	which is what draws them against you, 
	you with your unknowable, sad, flame. 

	i come the same way, strong with want, 
	determined to splinter your filament, yes, 
	as if there were no other gravity but you.
Shaw does not confine himself to the lyrically sensuous, in EVE (a true story) he describes a girlfriend's drug addiction with an almost docu-soap frankness.
	she'd never had religion until she lit the candle, 
	made a prayer for all she wanted, the voices to stop 
	and some ice cream soda. we wanted ice cream soda. 
	it was november, the sky green and city quiet.
Throughout the collection he uses only lower case type (with the exception of titles). Perhaps this non-exclamatory form, addendum to his regular stanza structure and longish lines, ensures that no uncharacteristic sanguinity encroaches on that painful sense of longing implicit in many of the poems. Readers will get the tenor of this collection from the very first page: TRIBUTE
	don't you think 

	if i had something as good 
	as matchless silence 
	it would be laid before you.

reviewer: Michael Bangerter.