by Andy Croft
The Star’s 21st-century poetry reviews editor Andy Croft gets the low-down from fellow poets on the collections which have most impressed in 2012
Three collections have burned themselves into me this year.
Christopher Reid’s A Scattering (Arete, 2009) is sad, remarkable and honest – “My wife is in there, somewhere, doing practical work: her organs and tissues are educating young doctors.”
Such spare, simple language – exactly where Reid’s integrity lies.
Norbert Hirschhorn’s Monastery Of The Moon (Dar al-Jadeed, Beirut) is deeply humanitarian and he should be better known in this country.
Finally, Talha Ahsan’s fierce and gentle Grieving And Other Poems recently won two Koestler Awards.
I fear we shall never hear his eloquent voice again.
Pat Winslow’s most recent book is Kissing Bones (Templar).