Richard Hillman

Michael Farrell Reviews Richard Hillman

Richard Hillman’s new book has a compelling red cover. A giant black semi-colon portrays a synapse letting through the electrical signal of the poet and book to its readers. A brilliant design, but one hard to live up to. The poems in The Raw Nerve are, for the most part, of ordinary domestic life; a kind of poetry no easier than any other to realise.

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Like Bukowski

. . . we live without feeling beneath us firm ground . . . — Mandelstam   Perhaps I could write like Bukowski, probably do sometimes — only one problem with writing like that is the possibility of writing like …

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