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December 2, 2012

Christmas 2012: Poetry of the year

The Customs HouseTom Payne selects collections that embrace new ways with words.

One day in the future, when English teachers go into their classrooms and pull the trick of reciting a poem by William Carlos Williams – the one about eating cherries, perhaps – students will no longer say, “No way is that a poem,” but will instead respond with, “He’s playing with your expectations; get over it.” Until that day, there will still be a frisson from the found poem, the poem in prose, the poem whose line-breaks turn up in odd places and the strangely conversational poem. All will seem new, so long as the technique or tone seems new.

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