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It Says Here Reviews

It Says Here by Sean O'Brien

It Says Here

Sean O'Brien

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781509840427

A brilliant collection from T S Eliot prize-winning poet Sean O'Brien

4 stars out of 5
Kate Kellaway
27 Oct 2020

"From postwar London and empty afternoons to a perfect love affair, this masterly new collection is rich in beautiful phrases"

But the greatest pleasure, whatever he chooses to write about, is O’Brien’s unforced gift, the ease of the writing, the phrases that seem to roll off his pen. In The Long Field, a fine poem about memory, he writes: “Rain has itself for company this afternoon.” I love the ease of that line - it makes you see rain (in its plurality) afresh. In the same poem, the “sensible emptiness” of afternoon is spot on (we all know the sort of afternoon described), although the sensible is then overturned and ordinary weather interrupted by a surreal and unwelcome flash: a skeleton with a fob watch whose message is clear.