Thursday, January 27, 2011

Paper Guillotines Reviewed Again

Christopher Frost has written a review of Paper Guillotines for Neon Literary Magazine (which published two of my poems back in 2008). Many thanks to Mr. Frost and to Neon's founder and editor, Krishan Coupland.

An excerpt:
"[N]o amount of labels can define Frame's view of the world. That's what Paper Guillotines is for, and it does the job admirably. So these poems have messages, but they're not message-poems. They stand up for themselves."

Read the whole review here: http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/reviews/guillotines.htm

I think what makes me most happy about this (and about Ryder Collins' review) is that they both assert the chapbook is not simply didactic. They both argue that the poems are poems first and foremost. They're also political first and foremost. Both reviews say the chapbook manages to do both at the same time, which is vital.

Obviously, I think the poems are (and must be) poetic in addition to being political, but it is lovely to know other people think so, too.

2 comments:

Stacia M. Fleegal said...

Congrats on another great review, Tony! As someone with a book of political poems about to come out, I completely agree that it's a relief and a compliment to be told that your poems, to quote your review, "stand up for themselves." The poem always comes first.

Anthony Frame said...

Thanks, Stacia. It does feel good to hear that from from people not associated (or related) to the book.

P.S. Can't wait 'til Versus is out!