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Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott lives in the Czech Republic. His poems have appeared in journals and on websites from Australia, USA, UK and Switzerland.

Ryan Scott reviews Robert Drewe and John Kinsella

Sand by Robert Drewe and John Kinsella Fremantle Press, 2010 Sand is a substance which suggests abundant contradictions. Abundance and scarcity is one; others are leisure and hardship, isolation and revelry, and most starkly the infinitely small and the infinite. …

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Ryan Scott reviews The Best Australian Poetry 2009 and The Best Australian Poems 2009

The Best Australian Poetry 2009 edited by Alan Wearne University of Queensland Press, 2009 The Best Australian Poems 2009 edited by Robert Adamson Black Inc., 2009 If we seek a division in Australian poetry, we will not find it represented …

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Ryan Scott reviews Nicholson Baker

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker Simon and Schuster, 2009 Paul Chowder, poet and narrator of Nicholson Baker's novel The Anthologist, is trying to write an introduction to his forthcoming anthology of poetry Only Rhyme. Unfortunately, he is unable to say …

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Ryan Scott Reviews New European Poets

New European Poets edited by Kevin Prufer and Wayne Miller

Graywolf Press, 2008

The editors of New European Poets have made their intentions quite clear. They aim to reinvigorate the transatlantic conversation between American and European poets. Such an ambitious task is not without compromise. In order to achieve their aim, the editors have had to set some constraints, some they admit are arbitrary. The final anthology then is one that sparkles with the brilliance of many poems, but which can only hint at the broader context from which they emerged.

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Mick’s Coos

I. all over again the crescent curve of his back written on your lips   II. he'd idle behind spilling over glistening stones sometimes, not enough   III. someone imagined him inside the shell of a car it looks nothing …

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Ryan Scott reviews Petr Borkovec

From the Interior: Poems 1995-2005 by Petr Borkovec

Seren Books, 2008

Petr Borkovec has been referred to as the leading poet in the next generation of Czech poets. But who are this next generation? How do they relate to the old? And what is Borkovec's place among them? The most general answer to the first two questions, which the translator Justin Quinn addresses in his insightful introduction to From the Interior: Poems 1995-2005, is that Borkovec differentiates himself from earlier poets in that he is not obviously political. There are 'no oblique parodies, no message-in-the bottle ironies'. Without a totalitarian regime to strike against, Borkovec's imagination and language, at least as it is represented in this collection, weave through the quotidian: train rides, new apartments, wildlife and natural scenes; and it is in these seemingly light topics that Borkovec's artistry as a poet takes flight.

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Small Man with a White Shirt and Black Trousers in the Museum der Bildenen Künste, Leipzig

I didn't mean to be an artwork, going about my business on the platz. Coffee slurped smoke in-out shirt tail wedged down one last time. Okay, okay, white shirt into back trousers, But he could've chosen one of the other …

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Ryan Scott reviews The Best Australian Poems 2008

The Best Australian Poems 2008 edited by Peter Rose Black Inc., 2008 When an anthology purports to represent the best poetry of a time or region, it's fair to assume someone will question the validity of its publication. 'On what …

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Ryan Scott reviews David Prater and MTC Cronin

We Will Disappear by David Prater papertiger media, 2007 Our Life is a Box. / Prayers Without a God by MTC Cronin papertiger media, 2007 It would be unfair to David Prater and MTC Cronin to construct some tenuous link …

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