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Saturday, September 29, 2012

My first review from the UK

Declan Ryan in Exegesis :

Corral writes with a self exposing candour increasingly uncommon in much modern British poetry not only successfully, but triumphantly. Corral’s poems share some common, life-writing ground with the ‘Confessionals’, especially the suffering Robert Lowell and W.D. Snodgrass. Sentiment has become anathema in much poetry produced in the UK, with ironic or ludic modes of writing now approaching something of a ‘mainstream’ house-style. It’s hard to think of a British poet who would dare write lines with the grace, tenderness, and affecting quality of some of Corral’s best, such as ‘Too poor to afford lilies,/she walked down the aisle holding a glass of milk’, or ‘Once a man offered me his heart like a glass of water.’

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