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Poems by Oliver Reynolds

1 November 2018, £9.99 paperback

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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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