And it won't be long til we hit the centenary of The Waste Land.
And then we can all wonder why those two stand out and so few poems have matched them in the past fifty years?
By Liam Guilar
"Liam Guilar’s epic book Anhaga consits of two halves directly related to each other. In the first we see a murder - a sex crime - enacted on several levels moving between children’s stories, through hard-boiled detective fiction, tough realism and slasher movies. The central voice, beset with loneliness - exile as the poem has it -- and frustration shape-shifts between its various literary and mythical contexts, but is always at the edge of explosive violence. In the second we sail far closer to myth with the figures of Heledd and Nemain. Basil Bunting’s Briggflats haunts the book. The blend of sensational fiction and high literary ambition make Anhaga an extraordinary poetic experience." -- George Szirtes, The Burning of the Books and Other Poems, Bloodaxe, 2009