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This review is taken from PN Review 26, Volume 8 Number 6, July - August 1982.

THE ARTICULATION OF THINGS, FEELINGS David Wright, Metrical Observations (Carcanet) £2.95

David Wright, W. S. Graham, George Barker and John Heath-Stubbs are poets who share more than just a collective education at what David Wright has recently called 'the university of Soho' in and around the area of London once known as Fitzrovia. They have in common a view of poetry as a formal celebration which demands a single-minded seriousness from the poet towards poetry, both as craft and as a form of truth telling. These contemporaries feature prominently but unobtrusively in the too few pages of Metrical Observations, Wright's recent collection. 'Zennor Revisited', a sequence of poems looking back in time to a stay in Cornwall, describes George Barker: 'He's like his words, bound in a spell/Respondent, irresponsible,/Unserious to be serious'. Burns Singer the poet, Bryan Wynter the painter, and W. S. Graham appear in the poem 'under a particular blue sky'. W. S. Graham is celebrated elsewhere in the book with a poem 'For his Sixtieth Birthday' with: 'We own what we remember./ What we own is elate'. Wright owns what he remembers in 'Zennor Revisited' and his elation is that of revisiting and making poems from his own past. The book is dedicated to John Heath-Stubbs.

Metrical Observations (Wright claims that this is the best description of his poems) starts with a visit to South Africa, where he was born. 'Notes on a Visit' is a sequence recording impressions and experiences connected with a visit home. The personable directness of tone and address are characteristic: ...


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