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Still not 100% sure what I think of JH Prynne ... which is half the pleasure of reading him, of course. On my TBR-pile, Prynne's Poems (2nd edition; Bloodaxe) has been the cause of confusion and delight and frustration, in about equal measures, over the last few months:


JH Prynne is Britain’s leading late Modernist poet. His austere yet playful poetry challenges our sense of the world, not by any direct address to the reader but by showing everything in a different light, enacting slips and changes of meaning through shifting language.

Not since the late work of Ezra Pound and the Maximus series of Charles Olson have the possibilities of poetry been so fundamentally questioned and extended as they are in the life work of JH Prynne. When his Poems was first published in 1999, it was immediately acclaimed as a landmark in modern poetry. This expanded edition includes four later collections only previously available in limited editions.

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