Sunday, 6 November 2011

Circus Celebrated

Zach Wells loves Michael Harris' recent collection Circus. "This is formal brilliance," Wells writes in the Autumn 2011 issue of the The Fiddlehead (review not available online), "that has nothing to do with 'formalism' or any other aesthetic dogma." After singling out a number of poems (including my favourite, "Molivos," a longish dream sequence that's set on the Greek island and features actor Ray Liotta) Wells praises the book's range. "Harris's ring is broad enough to accommodate the personal and domestic as well as the world-historical; farce as well as tragedy." Sample poem here.

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