Sam Riviere - 81 Austerities published by Faber & Faber

I've just received my review copy of Sam Riviere's 81 Austerities. It's a beautiful book and an important and agile work from a poet I admire as a contemporary. It's a moment to appreciate the fact that a lot of the talk about closed stylistic factionality and power bases in British poetry is more fluid than some would make out. Sam's work is accessible, if that word has any cogency, but if read objectively is also politically engaged and methodological innovative, and he is both deferent and humble alongside his radicality. It's an exciting publication, both for the quality of the work and the attention it should receive. I intend to review the work for 3am in time for the book's launch in August. 


Here's the discussion with Sam and Tom Chivers and myself for Penned in the Margins 81 Austerities event http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/
2012/02/austerities-listen-back-to-sam-riviere/