The Years by Jamie McKendrick (Arc Publications)

Tears in the Fence

Jamie McKendrick’s enthralling new pamphlet merges visual art and language in an osmosis that allows interference but, at the same time, keeps the two elements at ‘an unsocial distance’, as the author claims in the foreword. His hope ‘is that image and poem can speak to each other without losing their autonomy’. The two media of communication are in conversation with each other, alluding to different perspectives and multiple interpretations. This gives space to multi-layered meanings and to a sense of ambiguity which seems embedded in the human condition.

McKendrick has published seven poetry collections and won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 1997 forMarble Flyand the Hawthorne Prize in 2012 forOut There. He is also an editor, reviewer and translator. He has translatedIl romanzo di Ferraraby Giorgio Bassani and Valerio Magrelli’s poems (The Embrace, Faber and Faber, 2009), the latter…

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