Friday, 22 June 2012
Praise for Reid and Tierney in the TLS
Two of the four Rack Press pamphlets published in 2011 and submitted for the 2012 Michael Marks Award are reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement today. Christopher Reid's Airs and Ditties of No Man's Land [sold out now but to be reprinted in the autumn in his new collection, Nonsense] is described as "one of several fine offerings from Rack Press this year" and its dialogue commended as well as its "almost Gilbertian panache". Róisín Tierney's Dream Endings [shortlisted for the 2012 Michael Marks Award for pamphlet of the year] is also welcomed by the reviewer, Andrew McCulloch. The remaining poets of the 2011 Rack season [18 months has become a normal time scale for poetry reviews to appear, it seems] that the reviewer didn't mention are Angela Topping's Catching On, a fine tribute of poems to the Liverpool poet, Matt Simpson, and Nicholas Murray's Burns-style political diatribe, Get Real! [also sold out but reprinted in his recent Acapulco: New and Selected Poems (Melos) and available online].