Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Review: Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest

Now this is poetry. Vivid, fast-moving, rhyming effectively (until not-rhyming effectively), allusive and grounded in ancient mythology, in this case the blind seer Tiresias. You can tell that this is poetry that respects the spoken word and is written without pretension -- both muscular and heartfelt. There's only a few missteps and easy outs throughout, but for the most part this does what I always felt (deep down) poetry should do. It lives.

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