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Poems by Oliver Reynodls

1 November 2018, £9.99 paperback

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8 New College Lane

Oxford OX1 3BN

Or, Oliver Reynolds’s slyly deadpan sixth collection, presents us with an alternative universe. While closely resembling the one we think we know, it has charming new features. The England cricket team is made up of poets. Building-site cranes are knights in a tourney, levelling their lances. Lloyd George, the mesmeric politician and Welsh lady-killer, has suffered a reverse: the hypnotic love of his life is in full possession of her senses, ageing and candidly indifferent.

The philosopher Derek Parfit was sceptical about the continuity of identity – a position Reynolds tries on for size in his search for uncertainty. Or lives in the gap between aspiration and achievement. Its impossibilities are true to our longings, our sense of other dimensions momentarily glimpsed. The everyday has its ghosts – impalpable, unlikely, sustaining.

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ISBN: 978-0-9562739-3-2

‘Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check.’

– M C Escher

 

HODGE

Poems by Oliver Reynolds

23rd October 2010, £9.99 paperback

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Hodge – a countryman, a rustic, a generic nobody, what Dr Johnson called his cat. Arthur Miller’s salesman, Willie Loman, is Hodge on the road: ‘His name was never in the paper… but he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.’

For the TLS, Oliver Reynolds’s previous book, Almost, was ‘as good a volume as any of the 1990s’. In Hodge, he finds a dry-eyed pathos in life on the periphery: the little people, the hands, the staff and staffage. Attention is paid.

Here are the pyramid-builders, a Cardiff swimming-pool attendant, the ushers of the Royal Opera House and the caretaker who speaks for them all (even, perhaps, for the reader): ‘We have lives of our own, but not just yet.’

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Hodge
ISBN: 978-0-9562739-3-2

‘A tang of existential regret redolent of Derek Mahon… a vein of caustic sexual satire… For those in search of an alternative to the familiar star turns of British poetry today, the alternative may be closer than we imagine. Hodge is an enjoyable, witty and weighty collection, and should direct a spotlight or two back on its talented author.’

– The Guardian