Saturday, February 27, 2010

Jason B. Jones writing in Bookslut about Sam Sampson and his new book:

The New Zealand-based poet Sam Sampson's Everything Talks is a remarkably smart and engaging first book, in its engagement of the European poetic tradition with an antipodal frame of reference.

A new interview with Sampson, by Zach Savich, makes this clear:

This spatial sense of "Coast," of water, and, more specifically, West Coast seascapes is omnipresent in my work and there is certainly ocean, with a capital "O" (literal and guttural) at the initial compositional stage. While this regional presence may surface in different ways, the imaginary sea is also at play in the work.

Check the interview out here -

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