A slim but beautifully produced collection of essays, verse and correspondences by three young poets. Max Porter (of Grief Is The Thing With Feathers fame and editor for Granta) called it ‘the boldest, most serious and interesting stuff around.’
Hayes’s talents as a graphic novelist are once again gleaming here as he takes Rimbaud’s autobiographical poem ‘Le Bateau Ivre’ (in a new translation) and weaves a spell of images to accomany the words. “As I was drifting down indifferent streams…”. Shades of Bawden and Ravilious, and miraculous.
Shura was born in Harbin “like Skidelsky and Yul Brunner”, married to the novelist Joan Wyndham, and known and loved by many. At nearly 100, he is still inimitable as a raconteur. This is his first publication.