Happy New Year, everyone! Here it is: the very first review of matt’s limited edition chapbook version of Against the Hard Angle (Greenboathouse Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-894744-26-3) has now appeared online, as of January 5th, 2010.
That’s right, folks! CanLit blogger/poet/novelist/man of letters rob mclennan has chimed in on his blog with a few of his thoughts on the publication.
And the news, it would seem, is good:
“In this small edition, there is a sharpness to robinson’s work that comes closer to that essential sharpness that his writing writes up to, closer than he’s ever been before; is this robinson hardening his edge, or is it simply a matter of his poems in smaller packages?”
“In this collection of nine single-page poems, robinson writes each piece as a single, sweeping gesture. A hockey fan himself, and author of numerous hockey poems, robinson understands the fluid movement of the large gesture, working as tight as it requires, and these poems float along in graceful movements of both deliberate ease and a gravity, working a complex ease that only comes with steady attention and a steel gaze. After everything that has come before, is this robinson coming out of what was good into shades of what might even be great?”
Feel free to check out the entire blog entry and review online — including some snippets from the chapbook — at: www.robmclennan.blogspot.com/2010/01/against-hard-angle-matt-robinson.html