While reviews of AtHA have been, perhaps, a little harder to come by than hoped since the collection was released in April, every once in a while someone takes a moment to share their thoughts on the poems. The latest snippet gone public is a brief review / mention of matt’s Against the Hard Angle (ECW Press, 2010) that appeared online, as of December 20th, 2010.
That’s right. Just in time for all you just last minute literary shoppers, CanLit blogger Brian Palmu has chimed in on his blog with a few thoughts (and extremely kind words) on the Against the Hard Angle:
Two things intrigue about the poems here: imagination and ideas (and, refreshingly, there are ideas on display, not just nods to memes) are at the service of life experience and emotional observation and reflection; the music is lively, and is unexpected line to line. … A fine metaphorical unravelling takes place in phrases both tight and generous: “stress-fractured and cracked like this dun-dull brute tonnage”. Another poem, part iii. (flashback: kitchen sink), is an exquisite suggestion of sexual desire, something almost always either avoided or mangled by our contemporary suspicion of feeling, direct participation, and laudatory superimposed thought-farting. I’m sure I’ll be returning to this collection often.
Have a few minutes to spare?
You can check out the entire entry and review of AtHA – including an extended review of Kate Hall’s feted 2009 debut collection The Certainty Dream – online HERE: http://brianpalmu.blogspot.com/2010/12/matt-robinsons-against-hard-angle-kate.html
Happy Holidays, everyone! All the best to you and yours this festive season.