The Politics of Knives

Jonathan Ball

Poetry in the sense of it being experimental prose, which makes it a bit more accessible to literary types with a hate-love-relationship for pretension. Ball is a fantastic writer, but this collection of poetry falls prey to the usual pitfalls most collections of unrelated poems suffer, even through the loose thematic connections. Plus, the fact that it was a follow-up work to the absolutely perfect Clockfire will make whatever light one views it under naturally unfair.

It contains its gems, though; my favourites being “WOLVES” and “That Most Terrible of Dogs.”

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