Finished my first reading of Jennifer Maiden’s prize-winning collection, Friendly Fire this week, and enjoyed much of it, particularly poems like The Japanese Garden I, but maybe in the end it’s a bit too obviously a political book for my taste.
One one hand, isn’t it good to see a contemporary poetry so firmly meshed in the world of our news and our newspapers, the cut and thrust of politics: Bush, Rice and all that. But on the other hand will many of these poems stand the test of time, be more than historical curiosities in ten years time ? So that they sing so powerfully about ‘now’! is both a virtue and a flaw for me.