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Not Even This Reviews

Not Even This by Jack Underwood

Not Even This: Poetry, parenthood and living uncertainly

Jack Underwood

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1 review

Imprint: Corsair
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 6 May 2021
ISBN: 9781472156082

In this book-length lyric essay, a father and poet reflects on how the birth of his daughter at a time of global existential crisis inspired him to rediscover the importance of poetry as a form of understanding and living with uncertainty

3 stars out of 5
Houman Barekat
8 May 2021

" he is a lucid and engaging companion"

This is Underwood’s first book of nonfiction prose and, like most debuts, it has its flaws. The central argument is somewhat woolly – almost any subject might be obliquely tethered to “uncertainty” – and Underwood’s rhapsodic lyricism sails dangerously close to feyness at times. But he is a lucid and engaging companion. The voice that comes through in these pages is immensely likable – humble, conscientious and emotionally intelligent. The book’s format – flitting back and forth between disquisition and memoir every few pages – serves the reader well: the essayistic meanderings are kept in check, and the autobiographical candour doesn’t cloy.