On Contemporary Poetry

A selection of critical writing:

Martyn’s essay ‘A Straining Eye Catches No Glimpse’, discussing Anne Carson, Yves Bonnefoy, the Daodejing and Iain McGilchrist, appears in Poetry London, Spring 2017 (No. 86)

Martyn’s reviews of all five of the short-listed books for the Forward First Collection Prize 2016 can be accessed from here.

Martyn’s review of recent collections by Colette Bryce, Janet Fisher, Claire Crowther, Tim Liardet and Sheenagh Pugh appears in Agenda (Vol 49. No.2 September 2015).

Martyn’s reviews of all five of the short-listed books for the Forward First Collection Prize 2015 can be accessed from here. His review of the 2014 Forward First Collection Prize winner Liz Berry’s Black Country can be read here.

Louise Gluck’s Faithful and Virtuous Night (Carcanet) and Michael Longley’s The Stairwell (Cape) appears in Poetry London (Spring, 2015) and has been posted on the US site Poetry Daily.

Michael Donaghy, Safest (Picador) + Anne-Marie Fyfe, The Ghost Twin (Seren): here

Dan Chiasson, Natural History & Other Poems (Bloodaxe) + Philip Levine, Stranger to Nothing: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe): here

Mary MacRae’s Inside the Brightness of Red (Second Light Publications, 2010): Read Martyn’s review.

Sinead Morrissey: Through the Square Window (Carcanet, 2010): here

Fawzi Karim, Plague Lands and other poems (Carcanet) + Brian Turner Phantom Noise (Bloodaxe) + Elyse Fenton, Clamor (Cleveland State University Poetry Center): here