JAMES RODERICK BURNS: THE SALESMAN'S SHOES
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|JAMES RODERICK BURNS: THE SALESMAN'S SHOES|
Seventy-odd observationally-acute tanka, written with a seemingly casual, easy tightness. The best pieces exhibit a bare simplicity of tone and style that achieves an incisiveness of moment and juxtaposition:
New boots and a peach— odd that the moment I feel grit beneath my sole is the moment I notice my teeth strike against the stone.Here is another striking example:
Moods, fluctuations— sometimes the stack of mailbags by the post room door seems like boiled sweets, other times dogs in a Chinese market.The following piece is about as polished, succinct, sculptured and excellent as you can get:
Lighting up a fag and idly scratching his arse in the vast scrap yard's wilderness of metal bones stands unreconstructed man.This is a poet in control of the techniques through which we view what he sees.
|reviewer: Alan Hardy.|