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The Infinities (Vintage International) by John Banville
The Infinities (Vintage International)

jameswren1, January 30, 2013

Litte irony in my being quite so remiss in getting around to reading John Banville's Infinities. Admittedly, it hit the shelves in 2009 to much acclaim, as did many other interesting reads. But for all the starts and stops, the waits and the retakes, I fnally gave into the inevitable: If I am going to be reading for pleasure, then I first need await the arrival of the ubiquitous large-print edition. If Banville has taught us nothing else it is that Time awaits all but waits on no one.
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Up the Line to Death the War Poets 1914 1918 by Brian Gardner

jameswren1, October 30, 2011

No doubt about it--reading poetry about war is ever something you'd wanna do on your weekend, unless, of course, the poems are well-written and ring true, are authentic and seemingly free of artifice (and its cousin "insult"). This volume is very like one that begs the exception. It reads well, yet never erases the sense of its major concerns: the war and its multifaceted horrors. I would have given a higher rating, so impressed and mesmerized I was, but sadly we are still living in a world that insists that female poets have no voice and oting worth saying when it comes to war.

I suspect that were we to hear the voices of those women who were writing--and there are many women on both sides of the Atlantic--who bring authenticity and truth to the page. As the do so, as we listen, we might just find ourselves watching this particular genre as a whole fading out of fashion.

That is how harmful such an exclusion can and continues to be.
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