A Night on the Lash
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.
Review from Poetry Review
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.
Review from Envoi 130
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
Review from Dreamcatcher
'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