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Comic Timing Reviews

Comic Timing by Holly Pester

Comic Timing

Holly Pester

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Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication date: 4 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781783786862
4 stars out of 5
10 Mar 2021

"chronicles experiences of landlords, desire, porridge and emotional labour with impressive formal guile"

“I am mid verb/maybe I have become the verb/I am not having/I am/abortive was the last thing I/thought before falling on to/the purple and habited bed,” writes Holly Pester in “Comic Timing”, a dark yet funny poem about a medical abortion, which is the centrepiece in her debut collection. The Colchester-born poet, who also works as a sound artist and academic researcher, has a radical but charming voice. She chronicles experiences of landlords, desire, porridge and emotional labour with impressive formal guile.

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