The NZ Lit IV – poetry book reviews

By Tim Upperton In Books

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24th January, 2013
It's easier to say what James Brown’s poems are doing than it is to say what they’re about. In his previous collections, his poems have been distinguished by their magpie alertness and their playfulness with language and tradition: his pantoum Cashpoint, for example, is constructed entirely from the banal repeated instructions given by an ATM. The finding of poetry in unlikely places expands our concept of what poetry is – if a poem can be found in the heart of an ATM, where can it not be found? Brown’s poems call to mind the “uncreative writing” strategies of American conceptualist ...

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