Jane Yeh for Poetry London "It is the writer's watchful eye that enables her to capture and preserve the details of the past, of loved ones lost. Elsewhere, mourning and loss are depicted in a wholly contemporary context: in a pair of apparently autobiographical poems about infertility and a failed pregnancy. These intimate, carefully controlled [...]
New reviews of Conquest in Planet, Magma, Orbis and The Midwest Review of Books
New reviews of Conquest have just come out in Planet: The Welsh Internationalist (209), Magma (54), and Orbis (159). David Lloyd writes for Planet that "Brigley refuses simplification and cliche while probing 'the alchemy of colony cells' [...] Her poems are assured and densely packed, the language satisfying in its discursive rhythmic and sonic movements." Helen Mort in Magma [...]
Reviewing “All the Rooms of Uncle’s Head”
Tony Williams, All the Rooms of Uncle's Head (Nine Arches Press 2011). Tony Williams’s recent pamphlet, All the Rooms of Uncle’s Head is a beautifully produced work of art that riffs on the idea of art brut and especially on the work of Hans Prinzhorn, the German psychiatrist and art historian. The blurb of the [...]
New review of Conquest by Peter Deville on Wales Arts Review
Zoe Brigley’s second collection has feminist credentials but not militantly so. In fact the central theme is that of seeking the significance of man in a woman’s world. The collection begins with a series of poems exploring the claustrophobic world of the Brontes. The pervasive note here is heavily melancholic, verging on the neurotic. There are half-grasped [...]
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