Loose Monk

by Fabian Peake, Akerman Daly/Ridinghouse, £14.95/$20 (softcover)

By Oliver Basciano

In this smartly designed (by Fraser Muggeridge) collection of Fabian Peake’s poems, Peake’s words splutter across the page without recourse to poetry’s classical constitution. In ‘amalgam’ (2010), for instance, the title word seems to be endlessly repeated (though on closer inspection it’s more complicated than that: the poem starts ‘amalgammaglamaamalgammaglam…’ before segueing into ‘maglamaamalgammaglamaamalgammaglamaa…’ ), creating a block of type. Yet while in some instances Peake is operating within the tradition of concrete poetry and plays with the shape of…

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