Email Artswrap on Twitter Artswrap on Facebook

Poetry

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting review 'musicality and a following wind'

Former US soldier and award-winning novelist Kevin Powers finds order amid the chaos of war in his debut poetry collection.

Jane Horrocks, 20 Feet From Stardom, US war vets, Tim Barrow

A number of former US soldiers have recently published books which focus on their time serving with US forces in the second Iraq War.

Jane Horrocks, 20 Feet From Stardom, US war vets, Tim Barrow

A number of former US soldiers have recently published books which focus on their time serving with US forces in the second Iraq War.

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting - Kevin Powers

In this remarkable debut poetry collection, National Book Award finalist and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers creates a startling, affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. LETTER COMPOSED DURING A LULL IN THE FIGHTING captures the many moments that compri

I Knew the Bride - Hugo Williams

Bears - and lays bare - those qualities that have become so characteristic of author's work: his unflinching survey of his childhood and adult life alike, alighting on moments of vivacity from his upbringing in a theatrical family in the 1940s and 50s thr

Book review: The Poets

They say that behind every great man, there

I Knew the Bride, review - 'poetry of the subtle yet resonant gesture'

Hugo Williams's collection uses wit and charisma to deal with fear and pain "I stand still most of the time / and let the words do the talking", confesses a soul singer in a poem from Hugo Williams 's 11th collection, I Knew the Bride . "I might throw

The Land of Gold: With a Monastery of Light - Sebastian Barker

Sebastian Barker's collection contrasts life's ecstasies with the certainty of loss; he travels through the blazing spiritual landscapes of South-West France, faces the temptations of despair head on, and finds in Greece the poet's door to redemption and

The Land of Gold review - Sebastian Barker's fond farewell to paradise

Suffused with a love of God - and Greece - Sebastian Barker's final poems are a holiday for the soul At the end of Sebastian Barker 's final collection, in A Monastery of Light , he writes about the south-west Peloponnese where, he explains in a footno

A Double Sorrow review - 'Shadowed by the mystery of real poetry'

Lavinia Greenlaw's fresh take on Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde evokes the slipping-away character of love Lavinia Greenlaw 's A Double Sorrow , is a new take on Geoffrey Chaucer 's Troilus and Criseyde . It joins a series from Faber that already inc