Sunday, 7 February 2010

two books

Two new books: Ken Bolton's Circus (Adelaide, Wakefield Press) and Jess Mynes' Sky Brightly Picked (Nottingham, Skysill Press). Ken Bolton's narrative work centres round a small circus arriving near Trieste. The blurb notes a nod to Robbe-Grillet's Jealousy, the movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and A Bad Day for the Sung Dynasty. I think in its shifts of register it could also be compared to Nazim Hikmet's Human Landscapes. Jess Mynes' book is a spare set of pieces that take off from Mark Rothko's paintings. There's not a wasted word here. I'd recommend both of these books highly.

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