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A Night on the Lash

Graham Mort
ISBN-13: 
1854113755
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 27, 2004
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Like a painter, Graham Mort builds through a steady accumulation of precise and beautifully-observed details. The pictures that emerge are often surprising, even shocking in their effects. Mort is adept at imbuing a landscape with the moods and memories of its inhabitants. Touching, thoughtful and articulate, A Night on the Lash confirms his reputation as an exceptionally gifted poet.

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'Beautifully formed, with powerful exact images, these are poems of great physicality; but somehow a 'worldless unknown' sneaks in to enrich the whole.'

Paul Sutherland, Dreamcatcher

06/02/2012 - 11:55
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Somewhat daunted initially, I turned first to the names I recognised and was rewarded by a brilliant, chilling poem by Graham Mort, BLUEPRINT, which could be used in any workshop as an example of how to avoid dead, clichéd language:

Blue light is lifting footmarks from the snow,
the way fingerprints are sellotaped
from the scene of a crime ...

Envoi 130, Pauline Kirk

13/12/2011 - 09:42
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Graham Mort mines more worldly and concrete territory in his fluid, imagistic poems, with subjects ranging from a friend’s radiotherapy treatment to the recent Serbian conflict to a ride on the London Underground. A Night on the Lash is steeped in shadows, nightscapes; blood is a ‘darkening memory of heat’, while a blue dress looks like ‘a dark old bruise.’ Mort writes with quiet musicality and attractive ingenuity; he’ll introduce a few disparate elements into a poem, then interlace them until they mesh organically as a whole.

Jane Yeh, Poetry Review.

13/12/2011 - 09:41